No wonder Max has agreed to drop the lawsuits. This is unbelievable... Did Mosley duplicity lead to FOTA breakaway announcement? Mon 22 Jun, 12:30 PM The reasons that prompted the Formula One Teams Associations sudden announcement that it was to press ahead with its breakaway threat are starting to become clearer, with rumours in the F1 paddock that an eleventh-hour switch from FIA President Max Mosley was the catalyst for the move. Shortly after midnight on Thursday night, FOTA sent out a statement that following a breakdown in communication with the governing body, it intended to follow through with its menace of organising its own separate championship, well away from Mosleys controversial jurisdiction. According to the BBC, a compromise deal had been struck in principle 24 hours earlier that would have seen all eight of the rebel teams agree to sign up to compete in the top flight in 2010, but when the paperwork was received the following morning, it is understood that Mosley had changed the date until which they had to pledge their commitment from 2012 to 2014 what is believed to have been the final straw that broke the camels back and lit the blue touch paper for the decision to withdraw en masse. Following further discussions at Renaults F1 headquarters at Enstone in Oxfordshire during the course of Thursday, the resolution to split was made with increasing unease at the autocratic and almost arbitrary manner in which Mosley is ruling the sport, and the feeling that the only way the dissenters can be tempted back into the fray would be if the Englishman were to resign from the most powerful and influential post in international motor racing. However, that is something with which the latter seems far from willing to comply, hinting that in the midst of a crisis, the last thing he would do is step down [see separate story click here]. Moreover, there is anger at the tone of the string of press releases issued by the FIA late last week, which tended to depict the governing body as the goodies, and FOTA as the baddies something the teams argue is at best a flagrant misrepresentation, at worst a blatant lie. It is believed that FOTA and Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo a man who has become a sworn enemy of Mosleys in recent weeks will endeavour to undermine the 69-year-olds authority at Wednesdays reunion of the FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC), but in the meantime discussions continue, despite the outward finality of FOTAs announcement. Chief FIA steward Alan Donnelly Mosleys right-hand man, and one unpopular amongst many of the teams met with team principals Stefano Domenicali (Ferrari), John Howett (Toyota), Ross Brawn (Brawn GP) and Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing) in the Silverstone paddock on Sunday morning in an effort to try to find some common ground. Mosley has suggested that those four teams are the most receptive to his proposals, contentiously dismissing the other four members Renault, McLaren-Mercedes, BMW-Sauber and Scuderia Toro Rosso as loonies. The problem for the teams is that they have no guarantee that the FIA President will do as he promises.