Hispania Racing boss Colin Kolles has denied claims the Spanish squad was expelled from FOTA, the Formula One Teams Association, as it defaulted on its membership fees.
HRT had claimed that it left FOTA as the organisation 'defends only the interests of the big teams' – but FOTA general secretary Simone Perillo offered a different interpretation of the divorce recently, telling Reuters
that 'Hispania Racing F1 Team did not fulfil their 2010 FOTA membership fee obligations' [see separate story – click here
Kolles has since told the Hindustan Times
though that is most definitely not the case.
"I can strictly deny it [that our membership was cancelled because of non-payment of fee]," he said. "FOTA has spread a misleading message which will be rectified in the coming days, however, for the moment I don't want to say anything else."
Kolles however, did go on to add that Hispania was not happy with the way FOTA plans to negotiate with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and CVC ahead of talks on a new Concorde Agreement, the document that governs how the sport is run. The current one is due to expire at the end of 2012.
"It is true that FOTA will be trying to be the only counterpart to CVC and Mr Ecclestone, but we feel this is an attempt by FOTA to punch above its weight," Kolles continued.
"We didn't want to delegate our independent power of negotiation on such a sensitive matter like the Concorde Agreement.”
Kolles also reiterated that he doesn't believe FOTA really helps the small teams: “We left because FOTA defends mainly the interests of the big teams. We see no benefit in paying money for being part of it.
“We prefer investing our money in the car, instead of paying membership fees that don't benefit to us.”