F1 rules row reignited as rebels walk out of talks

<div>THE future of the sport was plunged into fresh doubt yesterday when a meeting between F1 chiefs and teams to discuss next year&rsquo;s rules ended in chaos.<br /><br />Eight rebel teams, who until last month had been set to break away in protest at proposed radical changes, walked out of the meeting at Germany&rsquo;s Nurburgring.<br /><br />Governing body the FIA responded by blaming the teams for leaving when asked to state what rule amendments they wanted introduced.<br /><br />But the teams, who form the Fota alliance and include Ferrari, McLaren and Brawn GP, hit back by accusing the FIA of reneging on agreements and jeopardising the sport.<br /><br />It leaves the fragile truce between the FIA and Fota in serious doubt, just weeks after it seemed a peace deal had been agreed.<br /><br />Fota said its teams were denied the right to vote on rule changes on the grounds they had not been accepted into next year&rsquo;s competition, despite statements to the contrary from FIA president Max Mosley last month.<br /><br />&ldquo;The Fota representatives at the Technical Working Group were not able to exercise their rights and therefore had no option other than to terminate their participation,&rdquo; a Fota statement read.<br /><br />The FIA had earlier given its version of events. A statement said: &ldquo;The eight Fota teams were invited to attend the meeting to discuss their further proposals for 2010. Unfortunately no discussion was possible because Fota walked out of the meeting.&rdquo;<br /><br />Fota agreed to abandon a breakaway competition last month after the FIA backed down on a proposed &pound;40m-per-team budget cap.</div>