I am glad this topic was made, because if you mention this in the other topics, it will be forgotten about 10 mins later.
James Allen's blog for example, doesn't mention it either. Only when quoting the teams (FOTA's) comments does he mention it. But people here have been discussing it for a long time. It's not that CVC has "suddenly" became the bad guy or boogie man. It's that now is the window of opportunity for the teams as their bargaining power is high. If they sign now, they comprimise this and have to wait until 2012-2013. Now is the time to seek the changes they feel they deserve. Enough is enough in other words.
I don't know if there is any one factor. It seems a combination of all three.
Max - The rules changes, the stewards and team punishments, especially the "if you're buddies with FIA you can get away with more, but if your on the hit list your ****ed" way of doing things. The problem with Max is that he isn't held accountable for any decisions. Any screwups just gives him more license to change it again the next year to "fix" it. Which then gives him further power to stay in power - indefinately
. Add to that his methods of negotiating, which are't very nice to say the least. Someone like Max is needed to save the teams from themselves, but a new more democratic and transparent system would be nice. With less threats, blackmailing, changing rules to suit the situation, and airing dirty laundry in public.
2010 regs - 2 tier championship, salary caps. It's what the media focussed on the most, but it's only a small part of the whole picture. It did give the teams an excuse to make some noise though. I can see the arguement against the teams for wanting to out spend rivals, but I believe this only applies to Toyota and Ferrari. The other teams wouldn't be united, if the whole problem was this alone. Why would Ross Brawn want a part of this, if that we true? Budget wise, I would like to see in the breakaway what Max is proposing. Although 40 million is insane. 100-200 seems more reasonable. One good idea alone doesn't solve the problem though. A new championship with high budgets (rather then capped) wouldn't be as good as a series where engineering alone decides the victories, but I see it as a necessary evil in order to get rid of the other problems. The more pressing issues.
Bernie, FOM and CVC - It's hard to say for sure if it's the biggest motivation for the teams, but it has to be up there. And what's frustrating is that it's talked about the least. It's a huge factor in ruining the sport. It's already being talked about but the ticket prices/circuits/internet coverage is a big thing. Bernie even talked bad about the engineers earlier in the year. Engineers make F1 what it is. He cares nothing for the sport, only what money it can provide. Bernie doesn't care who wins the WDC, they just need to be marketable for the PR events. So basically, you have the people who make the sport what it is with the high skill and sharpest minds being short changed, and people who care nothing for it getting all the money (Bernie and CVC). And the fans left in the cold, stomaching a festering feces pie, as Madras said. Maybe the casual fan doesn't realise this, doesn't read the forum topics and only the newspaper headlines. But after a year or two of FOTA championship, they would hopefully see what they have been missing.
The way I see it, the breakaway kills all problems except leadership, which will need to be sorted. It's easy for the teams to be united when against common foes, but on their own it can be choas if they are not careful. This problem seems alot easier to fix, then the other problems though. The teams aren't innocent, they just seem so when in comparison to the other parties.
What I don't understand is Motormedia's position. We all can never agree, fair enough, each to his own. I just don't see the motivation in going against the teams. Bernie and Max, the tag team combo. What do they provide in the way of entertainment? Would you watch a GP weekend, only with these two on the screen? The teams have 10 teams, 20 drivers, thousands of workers back at the factories and fans who tune in to watch them. I can't see the logic in taking these two side over the teams. I don't believe the teams are anything other then refusing to bend over backwards any longer. Unless it's not a case of liking Bernie and Max more, but more a case of hating the teams more. Again, I don't see how you can be a fan of F1 and hate the teams. Why watch? Unless it's hating a specific team like Ferrari. Maybe for some FOTA = Ferrari. I am not a big fan of Ferrari either, but if that's the case, I think you are sadly mistaken. The reasons above outline why all teams are united on this. All 10 of them. Even Williams and Force India agree, only they weren't willing to take the risks and take a hard stance. The weakest links, so to speak. Teams like Redbull and Brawn have nothing to gain by aligning with FOTA, if it was all about FOTA greed and ability to overspend money. They all see very serious need for changes in the sport, even for those with lower budgets.
Some see it all as F1 being destroyed. I see it, as F1 being reborn (hopefully without the cancers).
Sorry for the bible sized post.