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FIA statement on FOTA meeting

Following the meeting held between the FIA and the Formula One Teams' Association at the Nürburgring ahead of this weekend's German Grand Prix – one that resulted in a FOTA walk-out – F1's governing body has published a statement outlining its side of the argument.

The release is entitled Setting the Record Straight, and reads as follows:

'Before FOTA's decision to walk out of yesterday's Technical Working Group meeting, the President of the FIA wrote twice to the President of FOTA to remind him that any amendments to the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship regulations were subject to the unanimous approval of the five teams that had already entered for next season under the rules as published.

'This is because of the International Sporting Code and also because the entered teams have a contract with the FIA which not even the General Assembly or the World Council can abrogate. Anyone with an elementary knowledge of motorsport governance knows this. Imagine the uproar if, after the FOTA teams had entered, the World Council were subsequently to change the rules without asking them.

'It follows that the agreement of the five teams currently entered in the 2010 World Championship to all 2010 rule changes is required. To suggest that FOTA were only made aware of this during the meetings of yesterday is quite simply untrue. So is the implicit claim that they were all unaware of one of motorsport's basic principles.

'As things stand, the current members of the F1 Technical and Sporting Working Groups in relation to 2010, are the teams which have entered the 2010 Championship. However, the eight FOTA teams were invited to the meetings in order that all 13 teams could agree on the 2010 Sporting and Technical Regulations, which would then be the so-called 'stable regulations' in a new Concorde Agreement. The SWG took place in the morning on this basis and much progress was made. However, in the afternoon the FOTA teams walked out of the TWG. Nevertheless, the five entered teams were able to confirm the changes agreed by the World Council in Paris on 24 June, as announced yesterday.

'It has always been the FIA's understanding that the FOTA teams wanted a Concorde Agreement in place before entering the 2010 Championship. Once entered, the FOTA teams could no longer threaten a breakaway because of the contractual position mentioned above.

'The basis for the FIA agreeing to drop plans for a cost cap was the proposal prepared by the Williams team over the Silverstone weekend, which would allow an agreed reduction of expenditure to the level of the early 1990s by the end of 2011, to be dealt with by the teams themselves. This reduction was agreed by FOTA and confirmed by them in Paris on 24 June. This would be a private, legally-enforceable contract involving all the teams, but not the FIA. The FIA confirmed in Paris that once this agreement is in place, the cost cap provisions can be removed from the 2010 Sporting Regulations.

'The deal that the FIA reached with FOTA in Paris was to extend the 1998 Concorde Agreement, with some minor amendments to the governance section. This would have put in place an F1 Commission to deal with future rules, with any major question going to the FIA Senate.

'However, on 25 June, instead of the 1998 Agreement with some minor amendments, the FIA received 350 pages of a completely new Concorde Agreement.




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NoMax - Unregistered

July 10, 2009 10:20 AM

Is it me or did the FIA conveniently leave out the point that the 8 FOTA teams only had observer status at the SWG and were not allowed to take part in any negotiations???



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