You guys are ignoring the last two Concorde Agreements, which were huge wins for the teams. The teams now get the lion's share of FOM's income, which is rumored to be as high as 70% under the new terms. FOTA was instrumental in both those agreements, even though obviously they were unable to prevent individual teams, particularly Ferrari and Red Bull, from negotiating around FOTA or blocking their agenda. The result is a very lopsided distribution of FOM funds towards the teams who need it the least, with little to no movement on cost cutting measures. So it's no wonder if midsize and small teams feel that the group has been ineffective.
But talk of disbandment now, with the ink still wet on the current Concorde and the next round of negotiations not starting for another five years or so, seems more posturing than anything else. The small teams may not feel as if the group has done enough for them - but they are also well aware that without the group, they have practically no say at all.
The teams negotiate their CA deals individually, not via FOTA. I'm not sure how much of an impact FOTA had on the CA negotiations regarding the teams' share this time, as the most powerful teams had already left when the old CA ran out.
And we don't really know details of the current CA anyway, especially not about the team's share of FOM income. Numbers i read ranged from 60 to 70%, but i find the latter quite unlikely considering that that was the number thrown about by the teams as their target for years. I'd expect something more closer to 60%, but anyway, the question is where this money is going. We know that certain teams will be receiving special payments for their importance in the sport starting this year. These bonuses alone add up to more than $200m according to AMuS, so how much of the additional income is actually left for anyone but those 5 teams? Incidentally, it is those same 5 teams that will have the 5 permanent seats in the new Strategy Group, so for them, the new deal is obviously a good one - but for the rest? As usual, the majority of teams had no choice other than sign whatever deal they were offered in the end. In this respect, i find it a bit hard to get excited for FOTA.
Edited by dau, 16 February 2014 - 11:26.