FOTA: We are not close to any deal with FIA


Formula 1 teams have rejected suggestions that they are near to a compromise deal with the FIA over the future of the sport - as they insist they are wholly committed to their breakaway plans.

Flavio Briatore:
"We are using so many words, and now is enough. We have made our statement and this is very clear - that is it. We will have it (new serie!?!) ready in the next few weeks. We have been planning for several weeks already. We want a Formula 1 championship organised by FOTA. There has been no change in the last two days. I do not want to make anymore statements."

John Howett:
"I think if you look at the overwhelming support we have got from the public, ultimately now there has to be a fairly significant move from the federation. Overall we have a clear position and I think we made numerous concessions to achieve some sort of compromise. Now, we have made the decision, and at the moment we are moving forwards very positively on that vector."

Martin Whitmarsh:
"I think obviously we have to see what happens in the coming few weeks but I think it is not a situation that we set out to achieve. We have got to make sure that we concentrate on keeping all of the teams together and making sure that we are racing together in the premier form of motor racing. FOTA has a number of meetings next week and we've got to look at the process by which we appoint people who are selling the media, looking at the way in which we engage circuits. There has been a lot of interest in working with us, and given our situation we are obliged to go forward with those arrangements and that planning."

FOTA has chosen to schedule its get-together for Thursday because it is the day after the FIA's World Motor Sport Council meeting, where news of Mosley's future plans could be revealed.