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The rise of the Formula One Teams' Association has been fascinating to watch - not least its rise from an ad-hoc group formed in rapid response to FIA President Max Mosley's threat that the sport's controlling body would force through swinging changes if the teams could not agree cost-effective regulations, to a body now rumoured to be prepared to organize its own series come the expiration in 2012 of the present loose arrangement between the teams and the commercial rights holder, headed by venture capitalist company CVC.
Formula One has, of course, been there before – on numerous occasions. Think the FISA/FOCA wars in the early eighties; think the court cases threatened by Williams, McLaren and Tyrrell in 1997/8; think GPWC and GPMA; think, in fact, the fragmented nature of the Memorandum of Understanding 'agreed' in May 2006 between CVC's top man Donald McKenzie and Renault's Alain Dassas.
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