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FOTA releases statement as ACEA steps in

The Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) has released an official statement commenting upon what it calls the 'erroneous' details in the FIA's 2010 Formula 1 World Championship entry list published earlier today (Friday) – as the European Automobile Manufacturer's Association has sprung to the teams' defence.

Whilst McLaren-Mercedes, BMW-Sauber, Toyota, Renault and Brawn GP were all noted down as being 'provisional' entries, those of Ferrari, Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso joined Williams, Force India and newcomers USF1, Campos and Manor in the 'unconditional' category – something FOTA says is inaccurate, after all eight remaining members submitted a block entry bid contingent upon FIA President Max Mosley abandoning his controversial £40 million budget cap for 2010 and adhering to the current regulations for a further season.

Whilst vowing to continue to hold discussions with the top flight's governing body in an effort to find a satisfactory resolution or compromise for all concerned, FOTA has expressed its fears that the drastic cost-cutting initiatives are 'bad for the future of Formula 1, the jobs of those employed within the motor racing industry and especially the millions of loyal fans who are dismayed and confused at the internal bickering within our sport'.

'In response to the erroneous statement made today by FIA, the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) wishes to underline that the entries of all its members – excluding the temporarily suspended Force India and Williams – have been submitted to the FIA as conditional entries,' the statement underlined.

'The entries to the 2010 FIA F1 Championship submitted by BMW-Sauber, Brawn GP, Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull Racing, Renault, Toro Rosso and Toyota were based upon conditions that have still yet to be met. FOTA will continue to act constructively on resolving differences with the FIA.

'Regrettably, FOTA is being forced to outline in detail our objections to the new arbitrary FIA proposals, and we will release details of our concerns in the near future which will constructively explain why the FIA's proposals are bad for the future of Formula 1, the jobs of those employed within the motor racing industry and especially the millions of loyal fans who are dismayed and confused at the internal bickering within our sport.

'FOTA re-affirms the unity and strength of its members, welcomes the three new F1 entrants announced today and remains committed to working with all the bodies of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile to resolve our differences.'

Meanwhile, grandprix.com reports that the Board of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) has sided firmly with FOTA over the contentious budget cap row and has stressed that the present manner of governance on F1 cannot be allowed to continue – a view in-keeping with that of many of its competitors.

'ACEA has come to the conclusion that the FIA needs a modernised and transparent governance system and processes, including the revision of its constitution, to ensure the voice of its members, worldwide motorsport competitors and motorists are properly reflected,' read a statement from the European carmakers body, which represents all five of the sport's existing manufacturers.

'The ACEA members support the activities and objectives of the Formula One Teams' Association to establish stable governance [and] clear and transparent rules which are common to all competitors, to achieve cost reductions including a proper attribution of revenues to the F1 teams, in order to deliver a sustainable attractive sport for the worldwide public.

'Unless these objectives are met, BMW, Ferrari, Mercedes, Renault and Toyota along with the other teams are determined to find an alternative way to practice this sport in a manner which provides clarity, certainty of rules and administration and a fair allocation of revenues to the competing teams.'

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June 12, 2009 8:56 PM

What FOTA are basically saying is our way or no way, and having read the various reports on several different forums, I have to say I agree with them. The more details i read on all this budget cap malarkey, the more i'm convinced mad max wants to screw things up before he leaves. The rules and regulations really do need overhauling, but the teams need to be the ones to decide the operational side of things reguarding spending, testing etc. If MM & BE kept their noses out for a while it would afford the FOTA members the time to get their heads together and come up with workable, amicable solutions on which they all agreed, but we can't have unity now, can we Max, then you'd lose control :?

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