LONDON: FIA president Max Mosley fired a broadside at Formula One team bosses Ron Dennis and Frank Williams on Tuesday in a letter pouring scorn on their accusations that he was 'dumbing down' the sport.
In a strongly-worded six-page rebuttal copied to the other team bosses, the head of motor racing’s governing body likened McLaren’s Dennis and Williams to “the old guard in a failing company”.
Mosley rejected safety concerns as “obvious nonsense”, derided the bosses’ “threadbare argument” and asked why the principals, whose teams are two of Formula One’s wealthiest and most successful, had not met the FIA face to face.
Dennis and Williams issued a joint letter last week criticising the sweeping rule changes introduced by Mosley and announcing that both teams were taking the FIA to arbitration in Switzerland.
They accused Mosley of dictatorial behaviour in imposing measures - aimed at reducing costs and increasing competition in the sport - which they said went against the spirit of Formula One as a showcase for the highest level of technology and research.
Mosley said he was disappointed by the team bosses’ response.
“This is exactly what you hear from the old guard in a failing company,” said Mosley, who also questioned their business acumen.
“You would not find any independent observer or serious businessman who would agree with you.”
The changes for the season which starts in Australia on March 9 include a ban on hi-tech electronic systems such as two-way telemetry and outlaw refuelling between Saturday’s final qualifying and the race.
Mosley said that the public wanted to see drivers driving, not technicians manipulating cars from a distance, and suggested that both Williams and Dennis tried attracting the public to watch electronics experts if they believed otherwise.
“Your response is unfocused,” Mosley wrote.
“It is impossible to have a dialogue if the response to a carefully considered set of proposals is a collection of vague claims and confused criticisms with no discernible attempt to address the arguments.” – Reuters