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Rival F1 team Force India has blasted outgoing world champions Red Bull as the “cheats” of the sport.
“Red Bull gives you flexible wings,” team supremo and co-owner Vijay Mallya said on Twitter on Sunday. The former Indian billionaire’s attack on the energy drink-owned team follows not just the latest flexible wing saga, but also team boss Christian Horner supposedly enraging his counterparts in a recent meeting.
F1’s three angry teams seemed slightly less angry on Saturday after a meeting with Donald Mackenzie.
The usually paddock-shy CVC chief made the trip to Abu Dhabi to meet with Bernie Ecclestone and Lotus, Sauber and Force India, with the three teams crying foul over how the power and income is distributed within formula one.
Bernie Ecclestone has hit back with fury at a letter demanding talks with F1’s small teams in Abu Dhabi this weekend
Since backmarkers Caterham and Marussia hit their troubles, the sport’s next-smallest teams Lotus, Force India and Sauber have been bemoaning the inequality of power and income, and even threatening to boycott races.
Disgruntled small teams Force India, Lotus and Sauber have written a letter to express alarm that F1 appears headed in the direction of ‘Super GP2′
The crisis of collapsing and complaining teams looks set to once again spoil plans for F1’s stock market floatation
Romain Grosjean has followed Sebastian Vettel’s lead in jumping the gun on his 2015 plans
This week, it has already emerged that although Vettel’s switch from Red Bull to Ferrari is not yet official, the German told Italian broadcaster Sky in a television feature in Brazil that he is “a driver for Scuderia Ferrari”.
Mercedes has warned it will quit formula one if moves to revive the old V8 era are successful
Amid the debate about costs driving small teams out of F1, and the separate argument about an engine development ‘unfreeze’, Bernie Ecclestone showed his hand by reiterating he is staunchly opposed to the new V6s.
Bernie Ecclestone has joined those who are heavily critical of Caterham’s plea for fans’ money to get the struggling team back on track.
As Marussia reaches the end of the line, fellow absent backmarker Caterham wants F1 fans to fund its Abu Dhabi comeback later this month.
Using the Twitter hashtag ‘RefuelCaterhamF1′, the team – under administration and reportedly in debt to the tune of $25 million – has launched a controversial crowd-funding appeal to raise the almost $4 million it says it needs to race at the 2014 finale.
Lotus is set to announce that Romain Grosjean is staying with the Enstone team in 2015.
Just a week ago, the Frenchman was saying he had the power to step out of his contract and move to a bigger team. But a lot – albeit all apparently behind the scenes – has changed in the intervening days, including reports that Fernando Alonso is definitely heading to McLaren-Honda.
Caterham is preparing to return to formula one for F1’s 2014 finale in Abu Dhabi next month.
As it was put into administration following founder Tony Fernandes’ ill-fated sale to Colin Kolles-managed investors, the team as well as backmarker Marussia sat out Austin and will again be absent in rainy Brazil this weekend.
F1 authorities are scrambling this week to put down a lingering boycott threat ahead of the Brazilian grand prix.
As the sport’s air freight touches down in Sao Paulo, the Brazilian news agency Estado reports that organisers of the Interlagos race are dismissing claims of a boycott threat, insisting that 18 cars – every team with the exception of insolvent Caterham and Marussia – will line up on the grid.
The smell of crisis is in the air in Austin, as Bernie Ecclestone scrabbles to end a boycott threat and put failing teams back on track.
With Caterham and Marussia absent from the US grand prix garages, the next set of struggling privateers – Lotus, Force India and Sauber – have reportedly threatened to also sit out Sunday’s race in protest of the sport’s income distribution model.
Battle lines are being drawn as F1 reacts to the ‘crisis’ of collapsing teams.
But Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko declared unequivocally ahead of the US grand prix: “We are ready.” He was referring to the concept of three-car teams, as he admitted to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport that it might cost the sport’s big players up to $30 million each.