Boss says Williams move not political

Team chief executive Adam Parr insists Williams' decision to sign up for the 2010 world championship was not politically motivated. The move this week led to the former champions' suspension from the Formula One teams association FOTA, whose ...

Team chief executive Adam Parr insists Williams' decision to sign up for the 2010 world championship was not politically motivated.

The move this week led to the former champions' suspension from the Formula One teams association FOTA, whose previously total unity has therefore been weakened.

At the same time, questions about Parr's personal friendship with FIA president Max Mosley, also a former barrister, have been raised.

"There is no agenda on the part of Williams," he insisted to the Daily Telegraph. "We are not trying to split the teams. We are not even trying to dissuade them," Parr said.

In a media statement on Wednesday, Williams said it broke ranks and signed up because it is a "racing team" that is "legally obliged" to compete next year and until 2012 due to an existing agreement with the sport's ruling bodies.

Parr explained: "As a team we have a certain philosophy and this is an inevitable and necessary development. It may well be that other teams have a different view. I completely respect that.

"We feel there is a huge chance to resolve this and very much hope that all the existing teams, plus one or two new ones, will be on the grid with us next year," he added.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Adam Parr
Teams Williams