Teams more willing to meet with Mosley
|By Jonathan Noble||Thursday, September 11th 2008, 09:29 GMT|
Frank Williams believes Formula One teams will be more willing to meet up with FIA president Max Mosley at Monza this weekend than when he last visited a Grand Prix at Monaco.
Mosley is making his first visit to an F1 race since the FIA delivered a vote of confidence in his presidency in June following revelations about his private life.
And although engine manufacturers avoided facing Mosley in Monaco, when they cancelled a cost-cuts meeting planned to take place in his office, Williams believes such a situation will be treated very differently this time.
"What has fundamentally changed is, apart from Max's personal matters and his position in the FIA being confirmed, that most teams recognise that they have to save money and a lot of money," said Williams.
"Generally speaking there is a desire to reduce costs of F1 racing as soon as possible, in sensible practical ways that doesn't leave any teams severely, if at all, disadvantaged. That is what Max is pushing for and most people are on same message."
Williams says he has no doubts Mosley will step in and introduce his own ideas for reducing costs in F1 if the teams cannot come up with their own ideas.
"He certainly will, and obviously he will be feeling much stronger about himself," explained Williams. "I know he is on a mission to leave his mark in a notable, useful and sensible way before he does step down - to ensure there are sensible cost-saving change. Most teams know that the present rate of expenditure is not sustainable."
When asked if he felt teams could come up with ideas for new rules by an October deadline set by Mosley, Williams said: "FOTA, the new teams' association, which is being well enforced and led by Ferrari are doing a very good job in organising people and making things happen.
"It is early days but I think some common sense will come out of that. What has already happened is that our TWG (Technical Working Group) has been briefed by all the teams to come up with some suggestions for Max.
"If Max hears from his guys and Tony Purnell that there is total sincerity and so on I would imagine Max would not be deliberately awkward. He is much too sensible for that."