Why F1 breakaway could happen this time

Why F1 breakaway could happen this time

Until 2009, John Howett was Toyota's F1 team president and the vice-chairman of FOTA. Dieter Rencken caught up with him recently to get his views on the new political landscape in the sport, and explain why an F1 breakaway could happen this time out

It was two years ago today that the Formula One Teams' Association announced the formation of its premier level breakaway series to a startled world.

The move came after a decade of being paid an aggregate of just 23% of the sport's billion dollar revenues despite being its major players and after two years of spending hundreds of millions without as much as a formal contract in place. The teams were pushed to breaking point by a governing body which steadfastly refused to heed warnings and instead formulated an F1-Lite championship complete with budget caps.

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