Formula One's governing body threatened to cancel Sunday's Australian Grand Prix unless Minardi withdrew legal action against them, team boss Paul Stoddart said on Saturday.
Stoddart issued a statement saying that the FIA and their lawyers had demanded he withdraw an injunction secured on Friday to enable him to compete with cars earlier barred by race stewards.
"Otherwise (FIA president) Max (Mosley) is threatening to cancel the Australian Grand Prix," the Australian quoted them as saying.
"I stated at the time my total disgust at such threats," he added, while agreeing to comply with the request in the interests of the event.
The FIA issued a statement earlier today, casting doubt on the future of the Australian event and saying the matter will be reviewed by the World Motorsport Council.
"Apparently the judge thought it right to interfere with the running of a major sporting event, overrule the duly appointed international officials and compel the governing body to allow cars to participate in breach of the international regulations, all this without first hearing both sides of the case," the statement said.
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