F1 team's crunch meeting

Today's crunch meeting between nine of F1's ten teams and FOM principal Bernie Ecclestone is underway at the Hilton Hotel in Heathrow. Ferrari, as expected, has not been represented

F1 team's crunch meeting

The meeting, attended by eight of the team bosses and Sauber's technical director Willy Rampf (in place of Peter Sauber) is likely to focus on how sweeping cost-cuts proposed at the Brazilian Grand Prix can be taken forward by the nine teams involved.

The view by some attending the meeting is that the most likely way to get Ferrari to agree to the changes, which it vehemently opposes, is for the regulations to be pushed through formal channels. They could then be presented at an extraordinary meeting of the World Motor Sport Council via the Formula 1 Commission.

But without Ferrari on side, this cannot happen. F1's governing document, the Concorde Agreement, requires the teams to act unanimously if they wish to make changes to the 2005 rules and regulations package after the October 31 deadline.

There is concern among some of those attending the meeting that the proposals in their current form are not constitutional, and it is possible that a revised set of changes could be thrashed out in today's meeting so that they can begin an official process of agreement.

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