FIA could face McLaren challenge

McLaren has refused to rule out taking motor racing's governing body, the FIA, to arbitration over the recent spate of rule changes to Formula 1, according to this week's Autosport magazine

FIA could face McLaren challenge

The team is unhappy with the way the new regulations, designed to cut costs and increase the spectacle in F1, were implemented. It is rumoured to have consulted its legal advisors to discover whether it has a case to take to the International Chamber of Commerce. Sources suggest however that a final decision has not been taken on the matter.

""These are rumours," McLaren managing director Martin Whitmarsh told Autosport. "At the moment I cannot confirm or deny that.

"The option is available to any team if they don't agree with the process. We haven't decided what we will do, but certainly we are not choosing to declare our feelings or our intention in that regard."

McLaren recently stated that it would do all it can to make the regulations work and it is thought that the team would be more likely to contest one element of the rules as opposed to demanding a complete rethink.

BMW WilliamsF1 team boss Frank Williams admitted that McLaren was not the only team to be unhappy with the implementation of the new rules. "One or two of the regulations vexed Williams and one or two other teams," said Williams. "We have difficulty with the way they were introduced, but we support most of them."

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