Friday, May 22, 2009

F1 - 3 Tales of One Meeting, a Huge Pinch of Salt and a Plug

There seems to be as many contradictory accounts of today's FOTA meeting and subsequent talks with Max Mosley on the crisis facing Formula One as there were particpants at them, but I'll concentrate on just three.

Now, each of these comes with a massive health warning - let's face it the accounts from Ferrari's Luca di Montezemelo, Williams Patrick Head and, in my mind, villain of the moment FIA head Max Mosley could all come under the heading "they would say that, wouldn't they?

Each side has put their spin on things. In the worst show of judgment since Sir Peter Viggers thought a duck island was wholly necessary for him to carry out his parliamentary duties, Max Mosley said that he was "always confident of reaching an agreement." Great thing to say in the face of a potential mass walkout.

Ferrari has most to gain from portraying a united FOTA against the FIA, so of course they took that line.

Williams, who have never seemed that bothered about the budget cap, had a different spin again and broke ranks a little bit with the rest of FOTA.

The truth is probably somewhere in the middle of all of that - what I wouldn't give to be a fly on the wall when all these discussions were taking place. Rita Skeeter, the nasty tabloid journalist in Harry Potter who could turn herself into a beetle didn't have it all bad.

The drama continues, on and off the track tomorrow in Monaco.

As an aside, a new F1 fansite has appeared today run by some nice people I've come across in the F1 Twitterverse. It's definitely worth a look.

UPDATE: Those nice Brawn people, who have out of everybody made the most conciliatory and pragmatic noises, are continuing to do so. I am more inclined to believe them than anyone else, so let's hope they are right.

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