source : www.planet-f1.com
Thursday 11th June 2009
Damon Hill has warned both FIA and the FOTA that should the latter start their own Championship it could damage the popularity of both series.
On Friday, the FIA will announce the teams competing in next year's F1 World Championship but with FOTA having signed a conditional entry, it remains to be seen whether those eight teams will be accepted. The eight FOTA teams include F1's big name manufacturers such as Ferrari, Renault, Toyota, BMW and McLaren-Mercedes.
Should they not be accepted, or should the FIA refuse to back down on its proposed budget cap, the FOTA teams could start their own breakaway Championship.
Hill, though, believes this would damage both Championships' reputations, much in the same way it did when the IRL IndyCar Series split from the CART-run Champ Car series.
"You only have to look over the pond to see what happens when you split a Championship," Hill told Autosport.
"It's difficult enough to draw people into one particular sport, so what will they make of two separate Championships? It would just dilute it."
But even without a breakaway series, Hill reckons the on-going politics in Formula one is already starting to turn fans away.
"Yes - and it has been getting worse over the last few years on that front," he added.
"The last few years have been really appalling and lots of people have asked questions about the administration of the sport.
"That's what the issue is all about. It's entertaining in the same way that the Jerry Springer Show is - not for the right reasons - so it's a turn-off as well."