The landscape of Formula 1 could change as a group of F1 teams are discussing plans to buyout the current owners.
That is the claim of long-time CEO Bernie Ecclestone, who denies he is a part of the group most believe is led by the two most powerful teams Ferrari and Red Bull.
Despite his claims come believe Ecclestone could see this as a way to remain in his role regardless of an impending trial on bribery charges in Munich.
Though his own share in the sport stands at just 5%, Ecclestone is curious by the potential moves.
"We'll see what the group comes up with," he told Bloomberg. "Maybe they will get enough together to buy shares."
This month marks the start of his trial on charges of paying a bribe to Gerhard Gribkowsky during the sale of the sport to current owners CVC eight years ago.
Earlier in the year Ecclestone was successful in a court case brought against him in London by German media group Constantin, however, the judge in that trial did accuse the 83-year-old of being "corrupt".
Should the German prosecutors also believe the payment to now jailed banker Gerhard Gribkowsky constituted as a bribe then Ecclestone could be facing jail time as well as CVC ousting him from his place at the top of the F1 hierarchy.
For Red Bull and Ferrari they, and Ecclestone, have been highly critical of the new 2014 rules, with quieter V6 turbo hybrid units and a greater focus on fuel efficiency in a bid to make the sport more 'road relevant'.
Some believe the criticism of the new 'greener' approach is actually an attempt to devalue the sport ahead of a potential takeover, while others point at the two teams performances on track so far and claim it is in fact an attempt to force rule changes in their favour.
Such is the leverage Ecclestone, Ferrari and Red Bull have it is believed they were key in squashing FIA President Jean Todt's attempt at installing a budget cap for 2015.
Ecclestone along with a group of F1's most influential teams outvoted the motion 12-6 when the matter was brought up in a meeting of the sport's rule-making 'Strategy Group' in Bahrain.
This move angered the smaller teams with Force India's Deputy Team Principal Bob Fernley again leading their calls.
"You can't enrich and empower certain very strong teams, disenfranchise the rest and expect us to be happy," he is quoted by the Guardian.
Fernley believes the tactic is to see the smaller teams fold and then allow the top teams to sell customer cars to those at the back of the grid.
"Yeah, I'd like to see that," Ecclestone admitted when asked about the idea.
"Whether it would work or not (I don't know)," he added.
Away from a buyout of the sport, earlier talk had suggested the same group and Ecclestone could form a breakaway series many believe would be based around a faster version of F1 feeder series GP2.
"Maybe we should turn GP2 into Formula One," said Ecclestone, who owns the potentially viable GP1 trademark. "It would certainly cost a lot less. We'd certainly have a lot more teams.
This is far from the first time there has been talk of a breakaway as the old battle of Ecclestone vs. the FIA seemingly set to be resumed.
What is different this time is the apparent alliance of the sport's biggest participating teams with Ecclestone and the contrasting theories of how F1 should look in the future.
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