MAY 30, 2002
The manufacturers meet again
Those present were, as usual, very discreet about what had occurred in the meeting but it has emerged that they feel that the longer the delays are in solving the Kirch problems, the more likely they are to go ahead with their own championship.
"This business cannot drag on too much," Renault Sport boss Patrick Faure told Autohebdo magazine in France. "The more time that passes, the more our move towards a completely new championship becomes irreversible. We are going to start to spend a lot of money on that."
Formula 1 bosses currently do not believe that the manufacturers will go through with their threat to start a new championship and are directing their effort to creating a situation in which everyone can work together to establish a revised structure the commercial side of the sport.
The big question is whether the manufacturers believe in their plans or whether they are just a negotiating position.