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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

No compromise, says Mosley

Max Mosley has refused a compromise deal which would have him step down from leadership of the FIA in November in exchange for a positive vote on June 3rd, Autosport’s Jonathon Noble reports.

Mosley has been facing increasing pressure to step down, the latest from the FIA's Automobile Mobility and Tourism group. Now it has emerged FIA's deputy president Franco Lucchesi and Region 1 president Werner Kraus forwarded a compromise deal to the embattled FIA chief.

Various federation heads have expressed concern that nothing good can come from either outcome in June, and the effect on the FIA would be disastrous.

Lucchesi has distributed a letter, seen by autosport.com, reporting the duo offered the deal aimed at avoiding a rift as a result of the vote, but Mosley rejected the offer.

Obviously, Mosley believes he has the votes to remain in power, and is willing to put his own position ahead of any fracture certain to divide the governing body.

On a related front, Mosley has again sued the News of the World tabloid for violation of privacy and libel, in Paris, AFP reports.

Mosley’s lawyers claim since the newspaper is sold in France he has the grounds to sue in that country.

He is suing for unlimited damages. He has also sued the newspaper in Britain.

Elsewhere, Gerhard Berger is the latest to be connected to take over in a post-Max world.

The Toro Rosso co-owner and former driver has been mentioned as being more popular as a replacement than the oft mentioned Jean Todt, by two writers for The Times in its Australian sister publication, F1-Live reports.

And if Dietrich Mateschitz sticks to his plan to sell the Toro Rosso squad, he’d have some time on his hands.

Oddly, not mentioned among the leading candidates was Alain Prost...

Renault torn on its focus

Renault is facing something of a dilemma, should it spend its resources on trying to improve this year’s challenger, or should it turn it’s focus on to next year, with 2009’s impending rule changes?

"It is always difficult and the level of difficulty depends on two major factors - one is where you are sitting in the current championship, how threatened you are and what you can achieve,” said Pat Symonds on the team's official podcast. “There is nothing wrong with keeping the development going if it is all applicable to next year's car, unfortunately this time there is very little that is applicable to next year's car.”

While teams that have proven to be uncompetitive this year are free to focus on next season, Renault is finding that a little more difficult, and doesn’t have the luxury of bigger teams to focus on both projects at once.

"We are a big team but we are not big enough to handle two major projects and some of the people who are maybe struggling this year, for example Honda, are pushing a lot more effort into next year than we have been able to,” he added.

The team are still enthusiastic that developments made prior to the Spanish Grand Prix will pay off.

"All the things that were put in place to make the car better are still in place and still producing results, so in terms of performance I feel very confident,” he said. "But I am a little bit more concerned by the fact we are not finishing races for various reasons and that is where we have to concentrate as well."

Kubica focused on the many, not the one

Robert Kubica has had the better of teammate Nick Heidfeld this season, but simply beating his teammate is not his goal.

“That is not my outlook on racing," Kubica said in an interview with the BMW Sauber Web site. "My teammate is not my most important opponent. I don't concentrate so much on him. I know that some other drivers see this completely differently. I, personally, am not racing against my teammate, but against all 19 drivers. If I leave them all behind me, then I automatically leave my teammate behind me too.”

Kubica said there are many reasons for both the team’s and his own personal performance this season.

“Many factors have come together. If the set-up is not right then you automatically drive slower because you don't have the right grip, meaning you don't feel as secure - it is like a chain reaction,” The Pole said. “I had some very good races last year, but then there were technical problems and we didn't always have the perfect race strategy - that is all a completely different story this year.”

Mallya focusing on the positives

Force India chief Vijay Mallya said the team was “shattered” by the crash which ended Adrian Sutil’s dream run, but the the positives -- Sutil’s talent and the team’s strategy -- were the revelations of the weekend.

In an interview with F1-Live.com, the Indian said he he received many passionate messages from his team’s supporters, the clash was simply part of F1’s unpredictable nature.

Mallya went on to say he wants to see his team earn points, not be gifted points through “exceptional circumstances.”

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