Honda and Toyota back manufacturer group

Honda and Toyota have met with BMW, Mercedes and Renault, the surviving members of the Grand Prix World Championship (GPWC) group, and the five have issued a statement in regard to proposals for the future. Despite Ferrari recently signing an ...

Honda and Toyota have met with BMW, Mercedes and Renault, the surviving members of the Grand Prix World Championship (GPWC) group, and the five have issued a statement in regard to proposals for the future. Despite Ferrari recently signing an extension of the Concorde Agreement, it seems that some other teams are not ready to fall in line.

"The manufactures BMW, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Renault and Toyota met (on January 26th) together with their associated teams in order to discuss their views regarding the future for Grand Prix Motor Racing beyond 2007," the statement read.

"Following a far reaching, broad and open discussion, all participants have unanimously agreed upon a comprehensive set of governing principles which they believe represent an appropriate framework for the sport."

"The principal objectives are to establish a framework for Grand Prix Motor Racing which:

*retains Grand Prix Motor Racing´s position at the pinnacle of motorsport;

*provides the basis of a long term plan for the prosperity of Grand Prix Motor Racing and all its stakeholders, including teams, sponsors, and circuits;

*supports and encourages the participation of independent teams through technical assistance and engine supply;

*attracts, excites and provides good value to fans globally;

*is open, transparent and fair in commercial, technical and sporting governance.

Technical Format

*Rule stability to encourage innovation, cost control and economic certainty.

*To maintain Grand Prix Motor Racing as the most advanced motor racing formula.

*Sufficient opportunity and technical freedom for teams, engine manufacturers and suppliers to use the sport to showcase their technology through differentiation and innovation and to challenge their engineering skills.

*To eliminate high cost technologies which do not provide differentiation or have relevance to other industrial sectors.

*To provide a safe environment for drivers, spectators, team personnel and race officials.

*To reduce costs in a structured and well planned manner that does not surprise the teams or result in unforeseen consequential costs.

*To evaluate cost cutting proposals in the wider context of the sport's appeal to its fans and balancing them with the requirements of the technical challenge.

*To achieve fastest lap times on any grand prix motor racing circuits.

*To include technologies relevant to current and future mainstream road cars.

*Driver skills should remain a differentiating factor.

Sporting Framework

*To entertain, excite and attract spectators, viewers and sponsors.

*To attract the best available drivers, circuits and team personnel in the world.

*To maintain perception of sporting "purity" with no artificial handicapping.

*To ensure results are instantaneous and available immediately.

*To reward good teamwork.

Commercial and Sporting Governance

*To provide substantive fairness for all competitors and other stakeholders in respect of all aspects of the sport including sporting, technical and commercial matters.

*To ensure transparent governance and financial structure for the sport.

*To maintain a professional management team with clear succession plans.

*To have a fair and open system for rule determination that only allows changes to be made against objectively defined criteria.

*To have a readily accessible and swift appeals process administered by an internationally recognised independent body.

*To provide a significantly greater and more equitable share of the total revenue generated by the sport to the participating teams.

*To ensure that all revenue related to the sport including circuit signage, race title sponsorship and fees for hosting Grands Prix are included in the division of funds.

*To expand the overall revenue coming into the sport through optimum exploitation of the various commercial rights.

*To ensure that all stakeholders deal with each other and conduct themselves with mutual respect and do not act to the detriment of the interests of the sport.

*To ensure access to the sport on free to air TV on a worldwide basis in order to reach the broadest possible audience.

*To provide better television coverage for the viewers and improve and expand the media technologies through which the sport is made available.

*To significantly improve the quality of the live TV feed.

*To expand the sport into new markets through increased TV coverage and different Grand Prix venues.

So it seems that the GPWC is not as dead and buried as some would have us believe. "The manufactures agreed to engage all of the teams in dialogue regarding these governing principles and endeavour to ensure that detailed regulations can be prepared which meet the principal objectives identified," the statement concluded.

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Series Formula 1
Teams Ferrari , Mercedes