The legality of Formula 1's new rule-making body, the Strategy Group, has been called into question ahead of it's inaugural meeting in London.
The new group replaces the TWG (Technical Working Group) but only includes members from the sport's most powerful teams, Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren, Mercedes, Williams and Lotus.
In its first meeting scheduled for today (Monday) the issue of customer cars, which has been a major talking point in recent years, is set to be discussed.
Should the stance on customer cars be softened, F1's smaller manufacturers such as Williams, Force India etc, could be put at a major disadvantage as the top teams would look to sell chassis' to potentially more competitive rival teams.
However the move could also benefit teams like Marussia and Caterham who are struggling financially and are unable to break into F1's midfield.
Force India is the biggest team left out of the new group and its managing director Bob Fernley told the Telegraph newspaper the new body is "unethical and undemocratic".
Germany's Auto Sport und Motor claims the FIA, who could block any moves from the new group, is calm over fears because any recommendations from the body would still have to go through the F1 Commission.
One paddock insider claims there is another major winner from the new group, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, according to the insider Ecclestone has been able to create an unfair advantage because the big teams are mostly on his side.
As a result some are questioning if the group will past the scrutiny of EU's competition laws.
"Perhaps," former FIA president Max Mosley is quoted as saying.
"To my knowledge, Mercedes has sought legal advice and the answer was that it (the group) is contestable."
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