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FOTA teams sign up for new F1 season

The Formula One Teams Association has confirmed that the nine remaining outfits currently on the grid have joined Williams in submitting entries to the FIA for the 2010 F1 season.

Williams had broken ranks with its fellow teams to sign up for next season earlier this week, and was suspended from FOTA as a result – a move team principal Frank Williams said was 'regrettable but understandable'.

A number of teams - including Ferrari, Red Bull and Toyota – had called their future participation in the sport into question due to the ongoing saga of the proposed budget cap, which FIA president Max Mosley has been attempting to push through for the 2010 season.

That had led to anger from the teams, who had been discussing their own ways to try and bring down the costs involved in the sport, and also raised concerns that it would lead to a two-tier system in F1 – with teams working to the budget enjoying greater technical freedom over those teams working outside the optional financial limit.

However, while Ferrari, McLaren, Renault, Toyota, Brawn, Red Bull, Toro Rosso, BMW and Force India have now lodged their entries with the FIA, a statement from FOTA revealed that the entries were conditional on a new version of the Concorde Agreement being signed by 12 June – at which point they would commit to F1 until 2010.

The teams also called for the rules for the 2010 season to be based on 'the current 2009 regulations, amended in accordance with proposals that FOTA has submitted to the FIA'.

“The renewal of the Concorde Agreement will provide security for the future of the sport by binding all parties in a formal relationship that will ensure stability via sound governance,” the statement read.

“All FOTA teams' entries for the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship have been submitted today on the understanding that (a) all FOTA teams will be permitted to compete during the 2010 Formula One Season on an identical regulatory basis and (b) that they may only be accepted as a whole.

“All FOTA teams now look forward with optimism to collaborating proactively and productively with the FIA, with a view to establishing a solid foundation on which the future of a healthy and successful Formula One can be built, providing lasting stability and sound governance.”


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XWNI - Unregistered

May 29, 2009 3:50 PM

Not so fast, the 9 FOTA entries are made with some pretty big conditions. The argument isn't over yet. FOTA have not accepted the published 2010 rules, indeed the block entry is only made provided that 2009 rules are used (ie. the 2010 rules are scrapped), in a modified form that is agreed between FIA/FOTA. One could say, that technically, these entries are invalid, as they are not agreeing to run under the published 2010 rules.

Mark - Unregistered

May 29, 2009 3:37 PM

This is the reason why, to the casual non-motorsport minded observer, the sport looks like a farce. 'Toys thrown out of the pram, toys argued about, toys put back in the pram' is how a non motorsport fan friend of mine described it.



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