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.'