Ferrari and Red Bull Racing have both responded to the publication of next year's Formula One entry list by issuing statements denying that their involvement is now unconditional.
The Scuderia, among the most outspoken opponents of the budget cap proposal being championed by FIA president Max Mosley, has been involved in a war of words - and legal claims - with the governing body since the deadline for entries was brought forward to the end of May, with the FIA insisting that the Prancing Horse was obligated to run in F1 next season following the incentive-laden agreement it signed during the last breakaway threat in 2005. That deal is supposed to tie Ferrari to F1 until 2012, but the Italian giant insists that the governing body reneged on the conditions of the agreement by forcing through regulation changes - something that, it has now transpired, Ferrari had been given a say in vetoing as part of the sweetener.
It is against that background that the 2010 entry contains Ferrari as an unconditional
entry, which the FIA still firmly believes the Scuderia is, and to which Ferrari has issued its rebuttal.
"Following publication of the list of entries for the 2010 Formula One World Championship, which includes Ferrari as an unconditional entrant, Ferrari wishes to state the following," the statement from Maranello read.
"Ferrari submitted, on 29 May 2009, an entry to the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship which is subject to certain conditions. As of today, these conditions have not been met. Notwithstanding this, and despite Ferrari's previous written notice to the FIA not to do so, the FIA has included Ferrari as a unconditional participant in next year's Formula One World Championship.
"For the avoidance of any doubt, Ferrari reaffirms that it shall not
take part in the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship under the regulations adopted by the FIA in violation of Ferrari's rights under a written agreement with the FIA."
Red Bull Racing has issued its own missive with broadly the same message, contradicting rumours supposedly circulating the F1 fraternity claiming that Dietrich Mateschitz had decided to follow the lead of fellow independent outfits Williams and Force India in defying FOTA and agreeing to sign up unconditionally for 2010.
"Following the FIA's publication of the entry list for the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship, Red Bull Racing would like to make it clear that its entry was submitted as a conditional entry, consistent with those of all other FOTA members," the statement confirmed, "Red Bull Racing remains committed to FOTA and fully endorses all its principles."
Sister team Toro Rosso, as befitting the current F1 pecking order, was a little slower in issuing an identical riposte to the entry list.
It remains to be seen whether the FIA takes notice of the objections and adds the three teams to the list of those who have been given until next Friday [19 June] to reconsider their stance or face expulsion from the entry.