F1 is poised to repeat its 1980s war

F1 is poised to repeat its 1980s war

Ferrari's Formula 1 rules veto has roots in the early eighties FOCA/FISA war. DIETER RENCKEN sees a similar clash brewing as F1 bosses take on Mercedes and Ferrari

Forget the 2009 breakaway threat posed by teams to the FIA and Formula One Management that ultimately precipitated the departure from office of the then-president of the governing body, Max Mosley.

That was kindergarten stuff in comparison with the Formula 1 war that broke out during the early eighties between the teams collectively (well, almost) and the governing body FISA, then the FIA's delegated sporting authority.

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