F1's dissenters prepare for battle

F1's dissenters prepare for battle

Will a meeting about cost cuts turn into a flashpoint as tensions between F1's 'haves' and 'have nots' escalate? DIETER RENCKEN suspects so

Ostensibly called by FIA president Jean Todt to discuss regulatory cost control, the meeting scheduled for May 1 at Formula One Management's Biggin Hill headquarters will severely test the executive powers of Formula 1's Strategy Group, and, by extension, the body's future.

Formed as part of the sport's post-2012 governance procedure, the Group consists of the FIA (six votes), FOM (ditto) and four so-called 'Championship Constructors Bonus' teams - Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes - plus Williams (through heritage) and Lotus, as reward for it being highest-placed non-CCB team in 2012-'13.

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