Following on from last night’s announcement that the eight FOTA teams are to breakaway from Formula One and set up a rival series, the FIA have now responded. In typical fashion for the governing body, they have placed the blame for the negotiations failing firmly on FOTA’s shoulders, and stated that they cannot allow Formula One to become financial contest or allow FOTA to dictate the rules.
The FIA is disappointed but not surprised by FOTA’s inability to reach a compromise in the best interests of the sport. It is clear that elements within FOTA have sought this outcome throughout the prolonged period of negotiation and have not engaged in the discussions in good faith.
The FIA cannot permit a financial arms race in the Championship nor can the FIA allow FOTA to dictate the rules of Formula One.
The deadline for unconditional entries to the 2010 FIA Formula World Championship will expire this evening.
The 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship entry list will be announced tomorrow. FIA Statement.
I’m not sure I can fully agree with the FIA on this one. Although it is known that I’m not one of the organisation’s greatest supporters, I do feel that the FIA should not be in charge of the rules. The FIA are there to ensure that safety is kept as paramount importance, both the cars and circuits the sport uses, to organise and issue relevant licenses and to raise awareness of their various campaigns and intiatives with the cooperation of the sport. But with a [relatively] unified body of those participating (FOTA), it should be that particular organisation that decides the rules.
FOTA have maintained that under their proposals for 2010, the sport would have eventually saved more money by cutting costs. It is just that FOTA believed the process should be more of a gradual decrease rather than a huge leap down to the planned £40m.
I also find the comment regarding blame quite humorous, as it would appear – to me at least – that both parties involved in this dispute were equally stubborn. FOTA did not want to sign up without conditions as it needed some leverage for a just in case scenario, and the FIA refused to budge on the rules for 2010, completely ignoring FOTA’s proposals in the process, according to the Association.
Tomorrow’s entrants list for the 2010 Formula One World Championship will undoubtedly make for interesting reading, but it certainly will not be the last draft of that particular document. The list will surely include Williams and Force India, but the former will probably jump ship if they can once another series is cemented. Williams could stay and dominate Formula One next year, but Team Owner Frank is too much of a real racer. Williams thrives on the competition. Vijay Mallya’s Force India may also jump ship, especially when you consider he has a substantial alliance with McLaren and Mercedes for technical help and engines/gearboxes etc…
Lola withdrew their Formula One entry recently and may be interested in a FOTA-organised championship, assuming they didn’t step down for any serious reason other than failure to make the initial F1 list. Prodrive may be interested as well, especially if FOTA can sell Dave Richards on the costs – the former Benetton and BAR boss is known to be very careful about where his money goes.Download Original Wallpaper