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2015-12-11 12:09

NOT SEEING EYE TO EYE: Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone (pictured) is reportedly upset with the Ferrari F1 team over a mandate to address ongoing issues in the sport. Image: AFP

Milan, Italy - Ferrari is challenging the new 'mandate' given by the FIA to Bernie Ecclestone and Jean Todt to address problems within formula one.

In late October 2015, F1's governing body announced that while wanting to set a price limit for engines and gearboxes, Ferrari exercised its unique and historic "right of veto".

New mandate at centre of storm

The FIA said in a statement: "In the interest of the championship, the FIA has decided not to legally challenge (Ferrari's) use of its right of veto."

Then, at the latest meeting of the World Motor Sport Council, a "near unanimous" vote saw F1 supremo Ecclestone and FIA president Todt handed a mandate to address "a number of pressing issues in F1".

Read: Ferrari defend veto over engine prices

Ecclestone argues that the current governance processes in F1 are destroying the sport, with the new mandate relating to "governance, power units and cost reduction".

Ferrari and Ecclestone at loggerheads

But Ferrari is once again playing a spoiler role, Ecclestone told the BBC this week.

The 85-year-old Briton said he has received a legal letter from the Maranello marque suggesting the 'mandate' is not enforceable.

But Ecclestone claims he could "ignore what Ferrari has said and carry on with it and say 'You've got a choice, you can leave or go to arbitration and see what the arbitrators think'".

Read: Todt: Ferrari need to handle F1 veto with care

The Briton claimed: "I think if we went to arbitration, we'd win easy."

Ferrari is not denying that it is challenging the mandate.

The "intention is simply to make sure that the governance principles" already in place in F1 "continue to be duly complied with", a team spokesperson is quoted as saying.

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