Despite FIA president Jean Todt being quoted as saying that the Concorde Agreement would allow F1 teams to miss up to three races in the 2010 season, the governing body has moved to clarify talk of the impact on the grid for the year ahead by insisting that teams can't miss any
races without breaking the sport's regulations.
Todt was quoted as saying that 'in the last draft of the Concorde agreement it's written that a team can skip three races' which gave a boost to newcomers USF1 and Campos Meta 1 – who have yet to launch their cars for the season ahead and have also not completed their driver line-ups.
However, the FIA has now moved to clarify the quotes by revealing that missing a race on the calendar wouldn't go without penalty.
“Following recent reports on the interpretation of clauses in the Concorde Agreement concerning the concept of a Team's 'participation' in the FIA Formula One World Championship, the FIA wishes to make the following clarification,” the statement read.
“From a sporting and regulatory point of view, each Team that has registered for the Championship is obliged to take part in every event of the season. Any failure to take part, even for just one Championship event, would constitute an infringement both of the Concorde Agreement and the FIA Regulations.”