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Mosley 'ready' to discuss licence fee

FIA president Max MosleyFIA president Max Mosley has told the Grand Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA) that he is ready to meet them to discuss the current costs of a Formula One superlicence.

In a letter seen by autosport.com responding to GPDA directors Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber and Pedro de la Rosa who had requested discussions about the matter, Mosley wrote that he was happy to make himself available.

But despite leaving the time and place of the meeting open to the drivers in the letter, which was sent earlier this month, it is understood he has not received a response so far.

The drivers are angry about the FIA's decision in January to increase licence fees to 10,000 euros plus 2,000 euros extra per point scored this year, up from the previous 1,725 euros cost with 456 added for each point. It means leading drivers will be paying in excess of 200,000 euros from now on.

While drivers have dismissed talk of a strike at next month's British Grand Prix over the matter as 'unrealistic', Alonso told reporters at Magny-Cours that they were unanimous over their feelings on the price hikes.

"We all agree - the increase of the superlicence cost is the same for every driver and we all agree that it was a little bit too much," he said.

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