THE DISPUTE BETWEEN the Formula One Teams? Association and the FIA appears to have been reignited after discussions regarding the 2010 regulations collapsed yesterday.
FOTA members walked out of a meeting with the FIA at the Nurburgring, when motorsport?s governing body revealed they - FOTA - couldn?t play any role in talks over future rule changes as the eight teams are yet to receive an unconditional entry to next year?s championship.
The FIA?s decision to lock FOTA out from the negotiations prompted an angry backlash from the drivers' organisation, which was under the impression that the 2010 regulations had been agreed upon at the last World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris last month.
In a statement released to the media, FOTA said: ?It is clear to the FOTA teams that the basis of the 2010 technical and sporting regulations was already established in Paris.
"As endorsed by the WMSC and clearly stated in the FIA press statement of 24 June "the rules for 2010 onwards will be the 2009 regulations as well as further regulations agreed prior to 29 April 2009.
"At no point in the Paris discussions was any requirement for unanimous agreement on regulations change expressed. To subsequently go against the will of the WMSC and the detail of the Paris agreement puts the future of Formula 1 in jeopardy.
"As a result of these statements, the FOTA representatives at the subsequent Technical Working Group were not able to exercise their rights and therefore had no option other than to terminate their participation."
The events which transpired in Germany signal a further deterioration of relations between FOTA and the FIA as President Max Mosley continues to maintain that he reserves the right to stand for re-election.
Following the reported intervention of series owner CVC Capital Partners, FOTA, Bernie Ecclestone and the FIA struck a peace accord on June 24 designed to ward off the possibility of a breakaway series.
However, after Ferrari and FOTA boss Luca di Montezemolo declared to the media that FOTA had emerged victorious in its battle with the FIA, Mosley immediately went on the attack, threatening to again destabilise the sport as he believed the teams had distorted the truth.
According to Autosport, CVC Capital Partners are believed to be concerned by the latest development which jeopardises the status of one of its largest investments.