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Motor racing-F1 could lose more manufacturer teams, says Mosley

MONZA, Italy, Sept 11 (Reuters) - More manufacturers could follow Honda and BMW out of Formula One before the start of next season, International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Max Mosley warned on Friday.

“I think we may lose another one, might even lose two and there’s also one or two of the private teams who will find it difficult,” the Briton, who stands down in October, told reporters at the Italian Grand Prix.

“I think it’s possible. Put it around another way: If someone said ‘Will you stake your entire worldly goods on all of the current manufacturers being in Melbourne in 2010?’, I would be very reluctant to do that.

“I’d stake my worldly goods for example on Ferrari being there. But not on all the manufacturers. But I may be wrong,” he added.

Honda withdrew at the end of last season, with their team taken over by former principal Ross Brawn in a management buyout.

BMW announced in July that they, too, will quit at the end of this season.

The remaining manufacturers are champions Ferrari, McLaren’s partners Mercedes, Renault and Toyota.

Media speculation has focused on the latter two, with Renault rocked by allegations that the team ordered Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet to crash in Singapore last year to help team mate Fernando Alonso win.

If found guilty at a hearing in Paris on Sept. 21, they could be kicked out of the championship or handed a heavy fine.

Mosley said the the FIA’s response to that affair could not be influenced by the risk of former champions Renault leaving the sport.

“We have a certain job to do which we must do correctly and fairly, and what they do is a business decision for them,” he said.

“Otherwise in a football match if one of the players says to the referee ‘I’m the great star and if you give a penalty against me I’m going to walk off the pitch”, what would the referee say? You’ve only got one possible answer.”

Editing by John Mehaffey; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com

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