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Old 07-06-2009, 10:35
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After Williams, Force India is the second of the current teams to submit unconditionally for next season.

The other eight still (represented by FOTA) want the 2010 rules changed. FOTA wants to talk to FIA to get a new Concord agreement signed on June 12th.

Clock is ticking ..
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Old 07-06-2009, 11:16
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Drivers support FOTA in F1 future row

By Jonathan Noble
Sunday, June 7th 2009

Grand Prix drivers pledged their support for the stance adopted by the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) following talks to discuss the current row in Istanbul on Sunday morning.

Drivers and team principals from the eight current members of FOTA held a 25-minute get-together in the Toyota motorhome to discuss the current situation ahead of a crunch week to decide the future of the sport.


The discussions came after the Grand Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA) aired its concerns about the impact the situation was having on its members' careers - and the fact that the racers were having no say in what was going on.


Speaking after the Sunday morning meeting ended, Jarno Trulli said: "All the drivers have the same feeling: to follow FOTA and respect above all the work they are doing on the coming rules and the running of Formula 1 in a serious way for the future.


"We were called today to be kept informed because of the rules not being clear and, being one of the few things that we have read, do not work and needed to be talked about from our part for reasons of safety.
"(Concerning) these rules, which we do not in any case consider are adequate, we share the same vision as FOTA."


Trulli said the drivers joined their teams in believing future rules plans were not good for the sport with the FIA set to announce on Friday which teams have been accepted for next year's championship.


"Mosley must understand that there are some things that cannot happen," he said. "The rules for 2010 are absolutely not good because Formula 1 must remain the number one sport in the world, with great technology and with the manufacturers.


"You can't try and bring in other teams that maybe have never had any idea about what it takes to compete with the cars and in a championship of such a high level. Above all, with the rules we are completely out."
When asked if he felt the situation was now heading for a breakaway, Trulli said: "At the moment we have to wait and see, because FOTA want to reach a solution together with the federation. However all of us drivers I think understand very well which is the right side to be on.


"I know that in the next week something should budge, it must move. Otherwise there will inevitably then be a split."

source: autosport.com
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Old 12-06-2009, 16:48
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FIA announces 2010 F1 entry list

World championship leaders Brawn, plus former champions McLaren and Renault are among the teams that have been told to lift the conditions on their entry to the 2010 championship by June 19 or risk being left off the grid. After days of intense speculation about which teams would comprise the make up for the 2010 championship, the FIA announced that of the current teams only Ferrari, Red Bull Racing, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Williams and Force India have been granted entries.


It means that Brawn, McLaren, Renault, BMW Sauber and Toyota have all been sidelined for now - pointing towards further frantic efforts to try and find a solution to the row over cost cuts.


In a statement issued by the FIA, it said: "These five teams have submitted conditional entries.The FIA has invited them to lift those conditions following further discussions to be concluded not later than close of business on Friday 19 June."


The inclusion of Ferrari and the two Red Bull teams is also a bone of contention, with the outfits likely to claim that they could only be entered if the conditions attached to their applications to race were met.


The FIA, however, believes the teams committed several years ago when they signed deals with the governing body and Formula One Management tying themselves to the sport.


The list also confirmed that three new teams had been granted an entry - Campos Grand Prix, Manor Grand Prix and Team US F1.
Should any of the five current teams not make the cut, then the FIA is evaluating further entries being added.


AUTOSPORT understands there are three or four other teams who are close to being granted entries, and dialogue is still ongoing.


Campos Grand Prix is being run by former grand prix driver Adrian Campos, with Team US F1 headed by Ken Anderson and Peter Windsor.


AUTOSPORT understands the new Manor Grand Prix team is headed by F3 team boss John Booth and former grand prix team owner Nick Wirth.

source: autosport.com
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Old 12-06-2009, 16:50
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Ferrari won't race if conditions not met

Ferrari has made it clear that it will not compete in next year's world championship unless the conditions it attached to its entry are met by the governing body.


The Maranello-based outfit was included on the official 2010 entry list because the FIA believes the team committed itself to racing in F1 as part of deals signed with the governing body and the FIA several years ago.
However, Ferrari insists that the terms of the agreement it made in the past have been breached by the FIA - which means it cannot be forced to race.


In a statement issued on Friday morning, Ferrari insisted that it will not compete next year unless it is satisfied with the rules in place.


"Ferrari submitted on 29 May 2009 an entry to the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship which is subject to certain conditions," said the statement. "As of today, these conditions have not been met.


"Notwithstanding this and despite Ferrari's previous written notice to the FIA not to do so, the FIA has included Ferrari as an unconditional participant in next year's Formula One World Championship.


"For the avoidance of any doubt, Ferrari reaffirms that it shall not take part in the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship under the regulations adopted by the FIA in violation of Ferrari's rights under a written agreement with the FIA."


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Old 13-06-2009, 09:11
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F1 entry D-Day: News wrap-up

After the biggest day for Formula 1 in many years, AUTOSPORT presents a summary of all the headlines as the FIA revealed its controversial team selection for the 2010 world championship

It was the biggest day for Formula 1 in many years - and one that could be pivotal to the sport's future - as the FIA announced the identity of the 13 teams that would get entries for the 2010 world championship.


All ten current teams were on the list, but question marks hang over eight of them, with Brawn, McLaren, Renault, Toyota and BMW Sauber warned they have until 19 June to drop their conditions, and Ferrari, Toro Rosso and Red Bull arguing vehemently that the FIA cannot enter them unconditionally as it claims. So rather than ending the impasse, the announcement further escalated the tensions between the teams and the governing body.


There was good news for Campos, US F1 and shock applicant Manor, who were the slightly surprising choices for the three vacant spots, while rejected aspirants like Prodrive, Lola and Epsilon Euskadi remained optimistic that this saga was not over yet...
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It has now come down to a pissing match between Max and Luca. Neither wants to back down. Egomanicas
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Old 19-06-2009, 03:25
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FOTA has started preparations for a break-away series. The pressure on FIA is getting higher and higher.
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Old 19-06-2009, 05:38
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The press release by FOTA:

FOTA UNITED ON THE FUTURE
Silverstone, 18 June 2009 - Since the formation of FOTA last September the teams have worked together and sought to engage the FIA and commercial rights holder, to develop and improve the sport.

Unprecedented worldwide financial turmoil has inevitably placed great challenges before the F1 community. FOTA is proud that it has achieved the most substantial measures to reduce costs in the history of our sport.

In particular the manufacturer teams have provided assistance to the independent teams, a number of which would probably not be in the sport today without the FOTA initiatives. The FOTA teams have further agreed upon a substantial voluntary cost reduction that provides a sustainable model for the future.

Following these efforts all the teams have confirmed to the FIA and the commercial rights holder that they are willing to commit until the end of 2012.

The FIA and the commercial rights holder have campaigned to divide FOTA.
The wishes of the majority of the teams are ignored. Furthermore, tens of millions of dollars have been withheld from many teams by the commercial rights holder, going back as far as 2006. Despite this and the uncompromising environment, FOTA has genuinely sought compromise.

It has become clear however, that the teams cannot continue to compromise on the fundamental values of the sport and have declined to alter their original conditional entries to the 2010 World Championship.

These teams therefore have no alternative other than to commence the preparation for a new Championship which reflects the values of its participants and partners. This series will have transparent governance, one set of regulations, encourage more entrants and listen to the wishes of the fans, including offering lower prices for spectators worldwide, partners and other important stakeholders.

The major drivers, stars, brands, sponsors, promoters and companies historically associated with the highest level of motorsport will all feature in this new series.

Note to Eds: Statement issued by FOTA on behalf of BMW-Sauber, BrawnGP, Scuderia Ferrari, McLaren-Mercedes, Red Bull Racing, Renault, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Toyota.
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Old 19-06-2009, 09:42
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And the plot thickens... I'm curious how serious this is. Maybe the FIA still gives in? We will see...
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You would think that there is an easy compromise in this whole discussion. Both parties actually agree that there has to be cost reduction, just not by how much and how soon.
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