McLaren hit out over FIA snub

Thu, 1 June 2006, 09:29

Forty-year-old team McLaren has hit out at F1’s governing body for axing its spot on the 2008-style F1 Commission.

In a statement on Wednesday, the FIA announced that only six squads – including newcomer Red Bull, and Ferrari – got the nod after a fax vote of the World Motor Sport Council.

McLaren was left out on the basis that only one vote per country is allowed in the rule-making authority, with Frank Williams’ Oxfordshire-based team chosen to represent Britain.

But the often acerbic relationship between the FIA’s Max Mosley and Ron Dennis, McLaren chief, must also be noted.

McLaren, too, recently tried to upset the 2008 apple-cart by asking for a vote to axe Mosley’s engine freeze rule.

Dennis’ outfit remarked in a statement: ”It seems surprising that the second oldest and most successful formula one team for the past 40 years, with 148 grand prix victories, has not been included as a team representative.”

Toyota, moreover – another noteworthy antagonist of Mosley’s FIA – also does not feature on the 2008 body.

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