In the calm after the FIA/FOTA storm, Adam Parr has urged that it is 'essential' that the suspension of both Williams and Force India by the Formula One Teams' Association is lifted and that the two independent outfits are re-admitted to the club as F1 pursues a new unified path forwards.
First Williams and then FIF1 had their membership of the groundbreaking teams' alliance suspended when they broke ranks in signing up unconditionally to the 2010 F1 World Championship, as the other eight competitors stood firm in insisting that they would only agree to race next season were FIA President Max Mosley to abandon his controversial and unpopular budget cap initiative.
Both, however, are adamant that as privateer operations they had no choice, with Williams CEO Parr underlining the fact that the multiple former world champions are 'the only team in Formula 1 this year that will raise money without asking its shareholders for one penny' and that 'there was no way that we could walk away from our contracts and raise the sort of money that we would need to compete with the manufacturers' [see separate story – click here
]. Now peace has been established, the Englishman expects to see a reunion of all original FOTA members.
“I do hope so,” he is quoted as having said by F1SA
. “I think that's something we'd all like to see. It's essential [that] we, along with Force India and the new teams, are part of the discussions going forward.”
The 'new teams' to whom he alludes are USF1, Campos and Manor, all of whom pledged their allegiance to the top flight next season on the basis of Mosley's £40 million cap. With an agreement that all concerned will now work at reducing expenditure to an early-1990s level by 2011, Parr admitted that he was intrigued to see what FOTA has in-mind. More information is expected to be revealed following its meeting today (Thursday) in Bologna.
“I think there's a lot of detail to fill out in terms of how that's going to be achieved and what the actual target is,” he added.
As part of the compromise deal, the manufacturers agreed to 'assist the new entries for 2010 by providing technical assistance', but there are still doubts about the advantage or otherwise of the cut-price, 2006-spec Cosworth powerplants that the debutants will use, with the governing body arguing that given their age, they should be allowed to run to a higher rev limit.
“The basis of the engine [will be] four-years-old,” Mosley contended in an interview with German magazine Auto Motor und Sport
, “and the [fuel] consumption is clearly higher than the others. That means a clear [fuel] weight disadvantage.”