Behind its smoked glass windows, the two Englishmen of pensionable age who control formula one were discussing the future of a sport thrown into chaos on Thursday night by the announcement that eight of the top teams will be breaking away to mount their own series in 2010.
The rebel teams – including Hamilton's McLaren and Button's Brawn, as well as Ferrari, BMW, Renault and Toyota – used their statement to declare open war on the two men cloistered together yesterday in the caravan: Max Mosley, the 69-year-old president of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), and Bernie Ecclestone, the 78-year-old chief executive of the company that mounts the 17-race series.
This is just what we need, two years after US open wheel racing was finally unified. I'd hate to see European open wheel racing separated into two series, at least all of the top teams are part of the new group.
Well, Mosley and Ecc. have been moving in directions the teams are not happy with. Constantly changing rules costs the teams money. Moving races out of traditional markets is pissing of the team sponsors. Who will attend and watch TWO races in the UAE versus Italy, Germany or Canada? No one!