FIA president Max Mosley is confident that a rules package can be agreed to head off the threat of a breakaway championship following a meeting with team figures in Milan on Wednesday
The FIA and representatives from teams and the engine manufacturers met to discuss proposals that have been put forward for Formula One after 2007.
And although no final agreement was reached on a way forward, with a further meeting planned at the Italian Grand Prix, Mosley has said he believed consensus can be reached.
"For the first time in a long while we met all together and the atmosphere was constructive," Mosley told Gazzetta dello Sport. "We'll certainly need more meetings to reach a definitive agreement, but I'm convinced that it's really possible to find a good deal."
Mosley's comments were backed up by team figures, who all welcomed the positive atmosphere of the meeting.
Frank Williams, whose director of engineering Patrick Head attended the meeting, told The Guardian: "It was a very tranquil meeting by all accounts. It all sounds to have been pretty tranquil.
"The issue of aerodynamics [and how turbulence from rear wings prevents following cars from getting close enough to overtake] is the big subject and it has to be done right.
"I think you may see the FIA and the teams getting together on this."
Renault boss Flavio Briatore ironized: "A meeting like this won't ever be forgotten, it makes you melancholic."
Formula 1’s latest Imola adventure turned into an expensive trip for many teams due to several crashes throughout the weekend. While balancing the books is an added factor in 2021 with the cost cap, a few midfield teams have cashed in early on development investments
Rain before the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix promised to spice up the action, and the race certainly delivered on that. Max Verstappen got the best launch to win from Lewis Hamilton, but both got away with mistakes that could have had serious consequences
The Formula 1 world reacted with surprise when it learned Lewis Hamilton’s long-awaited new Mercedes deal guarantees his presence on the grid only until the end of 2021. Both parties claimed publicly they were happy with the arrangement but, asks MARK GALLAGHER, is there more to it than that?
Driver-turned-DJ Jaime Alguersuari lost his love for motorsport when he was booted out of Formula 1 just as he was starting to polish his rough edges. Having drifted from category to category then turned his back on racing altogether in 2015, he’s come full circle and is planning a return in karts for fun
While Mercedes struck back against Red Bull by topping the times at Imola on Friday ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the overall picture remains incredibly close. Despite having a possible edge this weekend, the reigning Formula 1 world champion squad is not taking anything for granted...
Mercedes may find itself leading the drivers' and constructors' standings after Lewis Hamilton's victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix, but it is well-aware that it came against the odds, with Red Bull clearly ahead on pace. Here's what the Brackley team must do to avoid its crown slipping