The long running dispute between the F1 teams’ association and the FIA over plans for cost cutting in 2010 took another unexpected twist yesterday.

The governing body’s president Max Mosley expressed his surprise that Europe’s road car manufacturers apparently lined up behind those formula one teams who are calling for a change in the FIA’s style of governance.

From the touchlines this looked as though it was piling the pressure onto Mosley at a time when he is soon expected to decide whether or not he will be re-standing for election to the FIA presidency in October.

The FIA indicated that they felt it was ironic that the association of (road) car makers seemed to be taking a stance against cost saving in F1 at a time that their industry was struggling financially.

“The FIA is surprised that the European car manufacturers’ association ACEA should have rejected the FIA’s endeavour to reduce costs in formula one,” said a further statement. “By contrast, the FIA strongly endorses ACEA’s call for urgent measures to return the automotive sector to health.”