Ferrari pushes ahead with FIA legal action

Tue, 23 June 2009, 11:57

Jun.23 (GMM) Max Mosley may have dropped the FIA’s legal threat against Ferrari and FOTA, but the famous Italian team is pressing ahead with its own new action

In the wake of the FIA president’s threat at Silverstone, Ferrari reacted by revealing that it instigated arbitration proceedings against the FIA last Monday

The action, to take place in a Lausanne court, is entirely separate to Ferrari’s failed May bid, which took place in a Paris tribunal, to overturn the FIA’s controversial 2010 rules

Ferrari said its Swiss action is to protect the team’s “contractual rights in its dealings with the (FIA), including those relative to the respecting of procedures as regards the adoption of regulations and the right to veto”

A Ferrari source said there has been absolutely no suggestion that, subsequent to Mosley’s backtracking over the FIA’s court action against the breakaway, Ferrari will duly follow suit

The saga’s next installation is Wednesday’s World Motor Sport Council, and Britain’s Times newspaper suggests that Mosley is prepared to step down as FIA president so long as FOTA commits to shelving its breakaway plans

“I can only appeal to the large personalities involved that they all need to take steps backwards before they ruin the sport,” former triple world champion Niki Lauda told Germany’s Die Welt

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