The F1 drivers’ superlicence fee row appeared to end in defeat for the drivers as they agreed to pay the FIA’s higher fee structure – which increased revenue to the FIA five-fold.
However the sports governing body has now indicated it will cut the fees in 2010, but not said how much they will come down by. A statement read:
A proposal will be made to the World Motor Sport Council to revise super licence fees for drivers in the 2010 championship.
A reduced fee would reflect the major cost reductions that will be brought into the sport for next season.
Inevitably when the FIA announces something like this you have to suspect a political motive at work. Is it connected to the highly controversial budget cap proposed by 2010? Or is Max Mosley still looking for a way to get details of the drivers’ salaries in order to put a cap on that as well?
Or has the FIA simply found a new way to plug its budget hole?
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