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Motor Racing: MOSLEY'S A WRITE-OFF; BRITISH GP 4 DAYS TO GO Fury over call to Coul.

Byline: Byron YOUNG Motor Racing Correspondent

THE world's top Grand Prix drivers blasted Max Mosley last night in an amazing attack over safety.

David Coulthard was at the centre of the controversy as most of the sport's leading drivers except world champion Michael Schumacher lashed out at the FIA president.

Just as Coulthard was announcing a renewed 'double your money' pounds 2m deal with Red Bull Racing in London, drivers' resentment against comments allegedly made in a telephone conversation with Coulthard burst into the open.

Earlier in the day driver power was felt for the first time in the modern history of the sport when Mosley (above), one of the two most powerful men in world motorsport, ducked a face-to-face confrontation with angry drivers.

Already dealing with simmering discontent from team bosses, Mosley was hurled into another crisis last night when drivers issued an open letter over comments he had made in a telephone conversation with Scot Coulthard.

Drivers said they were "concerned" to learn he had threatened FIA might withdraw its support for their ongoing safety initiatives.

And they claimed FIA had also "dissuaded" drivers from attending last week's Motor Sport World Council hearing over the US Grand Prix debacle.

Days of diplomacy between the millionaire racers have resulted in an unprecedented letter signed by all 26 F1 race and test drivers except Schumacher and Red Bull's Coulthard, Christian Klien and Vitantonio Liuzzi.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 6, 2005
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