Tony Teixeira, chairman of A1 GP, wants formula one to buy his series "instead of copying all our ideas".

Tony Teixeira, chairman of A1 GP, wants formula one to buy his series "instead of copying all our ideas".

At Kyalami for this weekend's round of the self-styled 'World Cup' of motor racing, he accused Bernie Ecclestone and the most famous single seater category of taking their recent cues from the 3-year-old A1.

"Instead of copying all the ideas from A1GP, just buy me out!" he pleaded to the local The Times.

"Everything we are is what formula one is trying to be," Teixeira added.

He admits that the global financial crisis will have an impact on A1 this year, eradicating an earlier forecast profit.

But he said F1 pilfered A1's ideas; like using a single tyre supplier, similar specification engines, and the Force India-style concept of national team pride.

This year's standard A1 car is based on the 2004 formula one Ferrari.