Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has hit back at criticism of new Strategy Group.
The decision-making group features only six of the sport's eleven competing teams – powerful Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren, the fourth-placed in 2013 Lotus and, for historical reasons, Williams.
But after plans for budget caps were recently scrapped, the smaller teams angrily hit back by claiming they have been 'disenfranchised'.
They have even questioned the legality of the Strategy Group against European anti-competition laws.
Formula 1 chief executive Ecclestone, however, has justified the exclusion of the smaller teams Sauber, Force India, Marussia and Caterham.
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