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FIA admits `interest` in single engine supply.

The FIA has revealed that it has been contacted by 'interested parties' regarding its controversial initiative to appoint just a single engine-supplier in Formula 1 as of 2010.

The plan – proposed last week by the governing body's president Max Mosley – was met with outrage by the sport's manufacturers, for whom it largely removes the very raison d'être of competing in the top flight. It has even been claimed that should the move indeed go ahead, it could be sufficient grounds for Toyota to withdraw from F1 [see separate story – click here].

Despite such opposition, however, it appears the FIA is pushing on with its plan, following a meeting with team principals in the guise of FOTA (the Formula One Teams' Association) in Geneva last week.

'On 17 October 2008 the FIA published an invitation to tender for a contract to supply engine and power transmission systems for use in the FIA Formula One World Championship,' read a statement issued today.

'The FIA has received a number of questions from interested parties regarding that invitation to tender. In accordance with the FIA's tendering procedures, the replies are set out in the relevant section of the FIA website.

'The tender schedule for transmission-only bids has also been updated. Bids for engines and transmissions in combination and bids for the supply of engines alone must be submitted by 7 November 2008.

'A minimum of three further weeks will be given to those considering transmission-only bids. All prospective applicants are invited to take note.'

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Gil Bouffard

October 27, 2008 5:22 PM

There seems to be a total absence of logic in Max's proposal. I know I wont have enough room here to really express myself, but here goes. I live in the land of One Make Racing from the highest level of racing to the lowest. The IRL is Formula Honda, NASCAR is Formula Saloon Car, Grand Am racing is Formula Roller Skate! The lower levels (FBMW, IPS and Formula Atlantic)are all single chassis/motor/tire combinations which is where it should be. The highest form of development and technology MUST NOT be bastardized into another spec racing series! That is not what Formula ONE is supposed to be! The ALMS and Le Mans may be the only High Tech racing left!

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