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Ferrari blames FIA for Toyota exit

ESPNF1 Staff
November 6, 2009 « Mercedes buys Brawn GP | »

Ferrari have hit out at the FIA, claiming they are responsible for Toyota's withdrawal from the grid. In a statement released in the wake of Toyota's announcement, the team claim those in charge of the sport have "waged war" on the car manufacturers. Toyota followed Honda and BMW out of the sport, amid fears Renault, the only mainstream manufacturer remaining might also quit.

"The reality is that this gradual defection from the F1 fold has more to do with a war waged against the major car manufacturers by those who managed Formula One over the past few years, than the result of any economic crisis," read the statement.

It likened the situation to Agatha Christie's murder novel, "Ten Little Indians", in which the murderer is not discovered until all the characters have been killed. It asked, "Do we want to wait for this to happen or do we want to pen a different ending to the book on Formula One?"

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