The 2010 entry list is out, and the International Automobile Federation (FIA) has included all 10 teams currently contesting the pinnacle of motorsport, Formula One. Max Mosley, FIA President. Photo by xpb.cc. The sport's...
The 2010 entry list is out, and the International Automobile Federation (FIA) has included all 10 teams currently contesting the pinnacle of motorsport, Formula One.
The sport's sanctioning body adds three new teams selected from 15 applicants: American entry USF1, Spanish F3 team Campos, and British F3 team Manor. Not included were Prodrive, the David Richards entry, sports car maker Lola, and teams attempting to revive glory names Brabham and Lotus, the latter two risking legal action over use of those names.
Five of the teams, Brawn GP, McLaren Mercedes, Renault, Toyota and BMW Sauber, are listed as provisional. They have until Wednesday to lift their conditions of entry. Ferrari and two Red Bull teams are listed as confirmed with the FIA citing a 2005 contract that expires in 2012.
Two current teams who lodged unconditional entries by a May 29 deadline, Williams F1 and Force India, were suspended by owners group Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) for breaking ranks.
Publication of entries does little to settle an ongoing struggle for the sport's future. The FIA and FOTA remain at loggerheads, primarily over how much to spend in fielding teams, each of which enters two cars in competition.
FIA president Max Mosley wants a 40 million pound ($66 million) budget cap to spending with the proviso that teams meeting that figure be allowed relaxed rules guidelines. FOTA wants a more gradual path to reaching reduced spending and argues that letting some teams apply technical rules differently will produce an uneven competition. Mosley has speculated the sport could lose one or two existing teams by next year.
Teams that entered conditionally sought a rewrite of proposed rules and completion of a new Concorde Agreement, a confidential accord by which teams, commercial rights holder Formula One Management, and the FIA agree terms of the sport's operation. The previous iteration expired at the end of 2007.
FOTA on Friday issued a press release to affirm the remaining eight teams are entered conditionally and will be so considered until the FIA meets conditions. The owners group, saying it has been forced to do so, promised to elaborate in future on why FOTA sees the FIA's proposals as "bad for the future of Formula One, the jobs of those employed within the motor-racing industry, and, especially, the millions of loyal fans who are dismayed and confused at the internal bickering within our sport."
Reuters reported the group drafted a letter to the FIA's Senate and World Motor Sport Council seeking to bypass Mosley, whom the group identifies as the chief stumbling block to rules harmony. "We respectfully seek the intervention of the World Council to facilitate solutions to the present situation," the letter read in part. "We have attended numerous meetings with the FIA's representatives and have been unable to to make any substantive progress."
The FOTA letter said that Ferrari, Red Bull and Toro Rosso have been categorized as unconditional entries "against their will."
"All of these teams are united in their concerns about the present situation and are deeply worried about the crisis that Formula One now faces, a crisis that appears to be self-generated," the letter read.
FOTA's letter said teams wish to find a swift solution or they will "reluctantly have to seek alternative solutions which protect them."
The series' most enduring competitor, Ferrari, has issued the loudest and most alarming protests to pending budget-cap rules. The scuderia again proclaimed it will not compete next year despite unconditional inclusion unless the FIA dumps the budget cap.
"Ferrari submitted on 29 May 2009 an entry to the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship which is subject to certain conditions," a Ferrari statement read in part. "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."
Ferrari asserts its agreement with the FIA includes input into regulations.
Red Bull Racing, too, issued a terse statement that Red Bull will not compete and that the team stands with Formula One Teams Association in protest to still unsettled 2010 rules:
"Following the FIA's publication of the entry list for the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship, Red Bull Racing would like to make it clear that its entry was submitted as a conditional entry, consistent with those of all other FOTA members.Red Bull Racing remains committed to FOTA and fully endorses all its principles."
Scuderia Toro Rosso issued an identical statement.
A number of drivers at dissident teams have stated they stand by their teams.
Williams F1 issued a statement to announce the team is pleased to be accepted for competition; 2010 will be a 42nd year in Formula One for Sir Frank Williams.