Former FIA president Max Mosley has admitted the fact Ferrari backed him during his legal battle with the News of the World meant his desire to press ahead with budget caps was weakened.

7135 - Mosley admits Ferrari backing weakened his resolve

"My plan was to go through with [the budget cap] with the other teams, with Ferrari threatening to withdraw. I would have chanced it because we all know they wouldn't really have gone.

"But then came the affair with the [News of the World] newspaper. Ferrari was the only team that stayed loyal, so I couldn't really do something like that to them."

But Ferrari's backing then did not stop Mosley from launching a stinging attack on the team's president Luca di Montezemolo, who is critical of the small teams and pushing for more private testing and three car entries. "On the one hand he complains that the new teams are too slow, and on the other hand he asks for something [more testing] that will widen the gap even more.

"The third car is complete nonsense, giving the big teams even more power, politically and sporting. It's also against the spirit of F1. It needs different blood. Without new teams, F1 would die.

"The problem with Luca is he has never had to build a team from nothing and doesn't know how hard it is. F1 has a lot of problems but Luca only adds to them."