Bradley Downton has blasted the recent rumours of a boycott as 'complete nonsense.'
A story broke yesterday that a number of teams were unhappy with how Franklin had handled some situations this season and that as a result, some teams could boycott the start of 2015 or leave the series altogether.
In an interview prior to the season ending Mexican Grand Prix, Downton - who has been one of the most vocal team managers regarding Franklin - dismissed the rumours as complete nonsense.
'Seriously, a boycott? That's complete nonsense. I'll be the first to admit Jamie's actions this year haven't pleased me, but a boycott is just a ridiculous idea. I can assure you now that no team is planning or leaving the series over this, we all enjoy it far too much.'
'As for boycotting a race or a few races, where would be the sense in that? Nic had fourteen applications recently for the one spot vacated by Team 23, so if necessary he could easily replace all of us.'
'The implications for the teams who boycott too would be huge. This is such an open Championship and nearly every team heads into each race with a chance to score points, and missing one race would be a huge blow to anyone's overall Championship, and could potentially cost them money.'
'I can assure you now that Downton will not be boycotting any races at all. I can't talk for any other teams - perhaps each team will come out and state that they too will not boycott - but I can't see any reason why any team would boycott. It doesn't make any sense for anyone.'