FOTA not commenting on Mosley letter

F1's teams association is yet to comment on a letter from Max Mosley that emerged late on Tuesday. With the FIA set to publish the 2010 entry list on Friday, the Paris federation's president urged the eight active FOTA members to quickly sign up...

F1's teams association is yet to comment on a letter from Max Mosley that emerged late on Tuesday.

With the FIA set to publish the 2010 entry list on Friday, the Paris federation's president urged the eight active FOTA members to quickly sign up and then sit down to discuss changing next year's rules.

In the letter, seen by sections of the specialist media, Mosley said article 66 of the International Sporting Code prohibits the FIA from tearing up the 2010 rules, including the plans for a budget cap.

But he said that if the FOTA teams drop the conditional status of their entries, all the confirmed competitors for next year can then unanimously make amendments to the document.

The Briton indicated that most of the alternative FOTA rules will be accepted.

"We have already canvassed the views of some of the likely new entrants regarding the proposed measures and the feedback is broadly positive so a solution should be relatively simple to achieve," Mosley wrote.

He is asking for a response on Tuesday, and Toyota president and FOTA vice-chairman John Howett told Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport: "I cannot comment on the letter."

Meanwhile, it is believed that FIA lawyers are concerned that the '$50m pledge' agreement signed by the FOTA manufacturers contravenes anti-competition laws.

The agreement was drawn up so that the major teams could not be tempted to break ranks and individually sign up for the 2010 world championship.

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