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Felipe Massa has criticised the FIA's approach to proposing rule changes for the 2010 season, believing that the manner in which the governing body has set modifications in place - markedly a €45m budget cap - and without the full consultation of competitors is detrimental to the sport.
After a series of Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) meetings this season, the Grands Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA) met with the teams for the first time in Turkey in a further effort to resolve the predicament. With Friday being the day the FIA will announce the line-up for next year, FOTA teams - currently all bar Williams and Force India - are under increasing pressure to find a solution, but without including an immediate spending limit.
"We as drivers want to race for the best teams in the world and we want to race with the best drivers," 2008 runner-up Massa said. "For the moment, it is a nightmare what is happening in this fight - we want to know, as drivers, what was going on and we wanted to give our opinion.
"Our opinion is that we want to race in the best category - and the best category means the one that has the best technology, the best teams and the best drivers - and in a category that is a top category in motorsport."
FIA president Max Mosley has remained definite in his shielding of the new rules thus far, however, as the clock continues to tick down. "If we do what Mr. Mosley wants we will not be at the top of motorsport," Ferrari's Massa continued. "We would be in a different level - we would go down a lot from the level of the top categories; that is why we are together with the teams, with FOTA; FOTA has eight teams and I hope that they can find a deal.
"I hope they can find a solution because we would love to carry on in F1, but if F1 is not possible - because it would not be F1 anymore - we will go to another championship."
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