INTRODUCTION: After months of uncertainty a new peace formula seems likely to settle the Grand Prix racing dispute between FISA (International Automobile Sports Federation) and FOCA (Formula One Constructor's Association).
SV INTERIOR Chief executive of Formula One Constructors Association, Bernie Ecclestone, and head of Lotus Cars, Colin Chapman at meeting in Le Castellet (Chapman with silver hair)
SV President of International Motor Sports Federation (FISA), Jean Marie Balestre (seated on right) PAN TO FOCA representatives
SCU Mr. Balestre preparing preparing papers for meeting as Mr. Ecclestone looks on (2 shots)
SV Mr. Balestre PULL BACK TO GV of FISA & FOCA delegations seated around table
SCU Mr. Enzo Ferrari (MUTE)
SV Jean-Francois Mosnier, managing director of Avon Race Tyres speaking in English
SCU Mr. Mosnier being questioned
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 6: MOSNIER: "Goodyear's withdrawal from Formula One has left Formula One operating in a very very difficult position because many teams British, were stranded without racing tyres. IRTS and its team, together with Avon has brought forward a programme by almost a year, and although we had no intention to enter Formula One, the current situation has left such a void that we felt we needed to do our utmost to fill this void."
REPORTER: "Do you think this venture will help to heal the current rift in Formula One racing?"
MOSNIER: "Yes, we're confident that this will help the parties to reach a compromise."
REPORTER: "And when will your new tyres be ready for Grand Prix use?"
MOSNIER: "We expect to have our first tyres ready for the start of the European season at Zolder the 17th of May."
SPORT: MOTOR RACING
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Background: INTRODUCTION: After months of uncertainty a new peace formula seems likely to settle the Grand Prix racing dispute between FISA (International Automobile Sports Federation) and FOCA (Formula One Constructor's Association). The row, which has been brewing for much of the 1980 season and has delayed the start of the 1981 programme, may be at an end following the intervention of car-maker Enzo Ferrari. Mr. Ferrari hosted a meeting at Modena in Italy on Monday (19 January) where Grand Prix constructors from both sides of the dispute agreed on a formula for submission to FISA. News of another move which could put Grand Prix racing back on the track came in London on Thursday (22 January) when the International Race Tyre Service (IRTS) announced plans to succeed the Goodyear Company in supplying tyres for the 1981 season. Their tyres will be ready for the start of the European Grand Prix season in May but will not be used at the South African Grand Prix which will be run at Kyalami in February.
SYNOPSIS: The Grand Prix constructors have been split between those who want FISA to retain technical, financial and administrative control, and those who back FOCA's takeover of the sport. The dispute has caused major sponsors and suppliers to pull out and has put the coming season's racing in jeopardy. The details of the agreement worked out at Modena have not been disclosed, but informed sources at Monday's meeting say it effectively gives technical control of the sport to FISA and financial control to FOCA.
Enzo Ferrari supports FISA and his approval of the peace formula means the plan is likely to be endorsed by members of FISA's executive committee. Avon Tyres Managing Director Jean-Francois Mosnier explained on Thursday (22 January) how his company's joint venture with IRTS will effect Grand Prix racing.