Action taken by FOTA, Williams suspended

On Monday, Williams F1 team confirmed that they had submitted their Formula One entry for 2010. Today, Wednesday, May 27, the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) have suspended the Frank Williams team from the organization, temporarily. While...

On Monday, Williams F1 team confirmed that they had submitted their Formula One entry for 2010. Today, Wednesday, May 27, the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) have suspended the Frank Williams team from the organization, temporarily.

While one might wonder what FOTA means by the word temporarily, one does realize that the on-going battle between FOTA and the International Automobile Federation (FIA) will not be resolved by the simple act of a team filing an 2010 entry or by FOTA's decision to suspend a given Formula One team.

The sanctioning body of Formula 1, the FIA, and FOTA have made public the disagreements over the new capped and non-capped regulations (see An analysis of the 2010 F1 regulations.

Frank Williams, Team Principal:

"FOTA's decision, although regrettable, is understandable. However, as a racing team and a company whose only business is Formula One, with obligations to our partners and our employees, submitting our entry to next year's Championship was unquestionable," stated Williams team principal, Frank Williams.

The suspension is a first for FOTA and the alliance between the F1 teams under the FOTA banner has been strong but now it appears fragile. The deadline for filing the formal 2010 entries is May 29th.

Williams added, "In addition, we are legally obliged under our contract with FOM and the FIA to participate in the World Championship until the end of 2012."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Frank Williams
Teams Williams