The power struggle between Formula One racing car builders, and the motor racing authorities, appears to be over.
GV PAN FROM Paul Ricard circuit at Le Castellet, France TO Offices
SV INTERIOR Chief Executive of Formula One Constructors' Association (FOCA) bernie Ecclestone (dark glasses) and head of Lotus Cars, Colin Chapman (silver hair) taking seats for meeting (2 shots)
President of International Motor Sports Federation (FISA) Jean-Marie Balestre, preparing for meeting (2 shorts)
SV PAN FROM FISA delegation TO FOCA representatives
SCU M. Balestre preparing papers for meeting
SCU Mr. Ecclestone preparing for meeting
SV FISA officials greeting late arrival to meeting
SV FOCA representatives during meeting
SV PULL OUT TO GV FISA and FOCA delegations seated around table
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: The power struggle between Formula One racing car builders, and the motor racing authorities, appears to be over. The dispute, which threatened the World Championship, was settled following a meeting between the two parties FOCA (Formula One Constructors' Association) and FISA (International Automobile Sports Federation).
SYNOPSIS: The French Grand Prix at the Paul Ricard circuit provided the impetus for the meeting.
After the drivers had gone, the disputing parties staved. Bernie Ecclestone, the President of FOCA (Formula One Constructors' Association) was joined by Colin Chapman of Lotus, and Gerard Ducarouge of Ligier. They were to present the views of car manufactures and the drivers at this meeting. The other side, FISA (International Automobile Sports Federation), the motor sport Federation's organizing body, was led in the negotiations by FISA President, Jean-marie Balestre. The problems have been caused by a power struggle between FOCA and FISA.
The row has been simmering in Formula One motor racing for months. Its prime cause was the fining of 15 drivers for failing to turn up for a drivers' briefing at the Belgian Grand Prix in April. The fine was imposed by Monsieur Balestre, and when FOCA supported the drivers in refusing to pay the fine, the dispute came to head. Proposed rule changes and restrictions of FOCA's commercial freedom were also in contention.
The argument, which threatened the very survival of the world championship this year, has been resolved. The World Drivers championship can now continue normally.