We are witnessing momentous things. This is bigger than the FISA/FOCA war if only because of the scale of things economically. I see all this as part of a carefully crafted FOTA script. We are witnessing very extreme "quit F1" statements from huge corporate entities not given to making intemperate statements. First Toyota, historically the most passive and reluctant, then Ferrari (previously unthinkable), then Red Bull, an unentangled "independent", and now Renault.
I pause to interject that Enzo Ferrari used F1 to fund his Le Mans ambitions which he esteemed higher than F1. As F1 loses its "technical pinnacle" luster, LMP gains it with the diesels, and other innovations. F1 is not immortal. GPMA or whatever could replace it in a heartbeat if all the players go there.
Merc/Mac have to keep their threats muted because of "liargate" and I think even Whitmarsh's comment about the "impropriety of Toyota publicly threatening to quit" was part of the script so Merc/Mac would have political cover. And Williams lodging their 2010 entry is also part of the FOTA script because Willy can't do anything that will give RBS any excuse to void the remainder of their tenuous contract which is their life blood presently. After all, where are Williams going to get their 2010 engines? Cosworth? Don't make me laugh. Its all part of a plan to put pressure on the FIA and FOM.
The unity of the FOTA is resolute and has come at a vital time if F1 history. These various "quit F1" statements are well timed leading up to the 2010 entry deadline. A drip here, a drip there, time to percolate, stir, stew some more add another ingredient, stew some with low heat and things will be ready to serve on May 29th. BTW, I see Renault's statement regarding the "unilateral governance of F1" as a measured but targeted "new ingredient" in the stew.
Expect BMW to issue their "quit F1" statement within a few days. Things are just too well timed and the lack of any shock from any team at another's "quit statement" tells us all what is being discussed at these FOTA meetings.
Personally I would like to see a coup at the FIA whereby the manufacturers all economically pressure the local clubs and national associations that constitute the FIA to elect their chosen replacement for Max. Then they could rewrite the bylaws of the FIA so the the governance is more accountable and democratic. I grieved at the death of the GPMA as you all know. I have nothing against Max but despise anyone's dictatorial rule. Nevertheless it is Max that is the problem and almost anyone can see it now. Can a leopard change its spots? Neither can Max amend his ways. The teams should have listened to me a long time ago as I have been saying this for more than a decade when the 1998 narrow car grooved tire regs were foisted upon the teams. Most of you are tired of hearing my anti-Max rants but time is vindicating me. It is WAY past time for Max to go. But even more reforms are needed to the governing structure.
Innovation over refinement is the prefered path to performance. -- Get rid of the dopey regs in F1