Max Mosley has backed Spyker’s decision to take its rivals to arbitration but says the controversial customer car issue will be clear-cut next year.
Although some team principals dispute the FIA president’s confidence about the legitimacy of the incoming rule, Mosley insisted on Monday that running the same car as another team will be legal in 2008 and beyond.
“In 2007, there is a dispute about what the Concorde Agreement means and it is right and proper that if there is a dispute it should go to arbitration,” Mosley, who earlier spoke alongside Michael Schumacher for the launch of the UN Global Road Safety Week, told Reuters in London.
“(But) in the end in 2008, it won’t be a problem.”
Mosley, 66, has consistently argued that there is not “enough money” in formula one to sustain twelve different constructors.
F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is currently working on a new definition for the term, which will outline different commercial benefits for ‘constructors’ and a mere ‘entrant’.
But Mosley, the ‘M’ in the formula one constructor March which in the 1970s famously built and supplied customer cars, said: “You either have customer cars or you have people struggling at the back of the grid being lapped four times.”