Dennis, Horner to Meet Mosley

Representatives of the Michelin teams will meet with FIA president Max Mosley in Monaco on Thursday, in a bid to prevent the political fall-out from Indianapolis dragging on all season

Dennis, Horner to Meet Mosley

The meeting was initiated by the Michelin company, and the teams will be represented by McLaren boss Ron Dennis and Red Bull Racing sporting director Christian Horner.

The relationship between Mosley and the teams has relapsed in recent weeks following the United States Grand Prix fiasco. The teams believe that Mosley could have stepped in to avert the crisis, while Mosley is adamant the teams could have taken part in the race.

And with the FIA World Council having found the seven Michelin teams guilty on two charges of bringing the sport into disrepute at a hearing prior to the French Grand Prix, there had seemed little chance of the matter going away prior to the penalties being handed out in September and the subsequent appeal hearing.

In fact, the situation could have deteriorated even further before the end of the season if the penalty was harsh and the FIA's Court of Appeal went against the teams. It has already been suggested that the manufacturers would have quit F1 immediately if race bans had been handed out at the FIA hearing in June.

It is against this tense backdrop that tyre supplier Michelin decided to call a meeting with Mosley to see if there was any way to resolve the situation. Dennis is attending as the official representative of the six manufacturer-backed Michelin teams (McLaren, Renault, Williams, Sauber, Toyota and BAR), while Horner is going on behalf of the independent Red Bull Racing.

Autosport-Atlas understands that the meeting will involve formal presentations relating to Indianapolis, although it is not clear exactly what Dennis and Horner will request from the FIA.

Speaking at the British Grand Prix, Mosley said he was not worried about the tensions being caused with the teams - and that his sole focus was merely what he believed was right for the sport.

"I am not in the least bothered about being popular," Mosley stated. "I will always do what I think is right to the best of my ability. Once they calm down from Indianapolis and people get a sense of realism they will realise all they have got to do is be sensible."

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