The Weekly Grapevine

The Weekly Grapevine

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The next four weeks will be crucial for the Formula One Teams Association. Not only will the ultimate fate of Brackley F1 (as the team formerly known as Honda is internally referred to) dictate the membership size of the nine-month-old organisation, but during that period it is likely to come under increasing political and commercial pressure from both within and without.

While there exist suspicions that the sport's controlling body, the FIA, has been lukewarm towards the formation of FOTA – ironically formed in response to demands by the former body's president that the teams formulate acceptable cost-cutting measures, or they would be forced upon them – the clearest signal that a little dissention within its ranks would suit the FIA just fine came with the manner of Max Mosley's assertion that KERS was in F1 to stay.

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