Mosley accuses Ferrari of 'small-mindedness' over veto

Former FIA president Max Mosley has accused Ferrari of taking a small-minded approach when they chose to use their veto rights against the FIA's proposal to cap engine costs.

The governing body had hoped to alleviate some of the financial troubles many of the smaller teams are experiencing as a result of the new power units by capping customer supply deals.

However Ferrari exercised its veto right and blocked the move, which Mosley believes is not only bad for the smaller teams, but it could also have a negative impact on Ferrari itself.

"You've got to look at the bigger picture if you are Ferrari," he told Sky Sports. "A Formula 1 that doesn't work, it isn't good for Ferrari because it is a huge marketing tool for them.

"I think it showed a certain amount of small-mindedness and if I were in the position of Ferrari I'd be inclined to say 'I need Formula 1 to succeed and therefore I will do everything I can to see that it will succeed and if I don't win it is my engineers' fault as they have the resources and they should get on with it'."

Mosley reckons the FIA should have pushed for an even tougher budget cap than was originally proposed.

"I would be inclined to pick a much lower figure, something in the €5m or €6m bracket, depending on what the teams can afford. But I think it would have to be done in that bracket and then say to them that's what you'll supply for."