Ferrari has had veto of F1's technical rules since at least 1998. Let's spell that out: any F1 technical regulation has had to meet Ferrari's specific approval - because that's what the FIA has been contractually bound to do. That's the latest bombshell to emerge in the ongoing fight over the sport's future between the governing body and some of the teams. It's suspected this little gem of information was leaked by the FIA, almost certainly in an attempt to cause a rift between the so-far united FOTA teams. Picture the scene as the teams now met.
"So, unknown to us for all these years, you have been pulling the strings. We have been clowns running around in your private fiefdom thinking we were competing against you when really we were just there to make some noise and provide a backdrop for you. And now you want us to come with you to do a different championship because you don't like that the FIA has said it doesn't want to play to your rules any more in this one."
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