The FIA will review Formula One governance per a decision taken by the motorsport governing body's World Motor Sport Council and will reintroduce a Formula Two championship starting next year. Meeting Tuesday in Paris, the council determined to...
The FIA will review Formula One governance per a decision taken by the motorsport governing body's World Motor Sport Council and will reintroduce a Formula Two championship starting next year.
Meeting Tuesday in Paris, the council determined to consult with F1 teams to examine ways to improve the efficiency of the sport. The FIA also will review technical regulations and entry fee assessment.
The council decided the team entry fee for F1 next year will be 309,000 euros ($478,950), an increase of 3 percent to reflect inflation. Premeeting talk had indicated a rise of as much as 150 percent could hit entry fees to cover a raft of desired technical, safety and administrative improvements. Teams have the month of July in which to sign up for the 2009 season. That season will include 19 races, the most since 2005. A provisional schedule adds a race in Abu Dhabi. The season is scheduled to begin at the end of March and run till mid-November.
A renewed F2 effort is intended to be a feeder series on the cheap for would-be F1 runners. The FIA envisions a spending cap of $310,000 per car each season. No further word was issued on the staging of F2 races. Another feeder series, GP2, is currently staged during F1 weekends at many venues. The GP2 series is run by F1 commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone.
The FIA's moves regarding F1 might be seen as a challenge to Ecclestone, whose governing agreement for the sport, the highly secret Concorde Agreement, has expired. FIA president Max Mosley, fresh off a membership vote of confidence after a sex scandal, seemingly is not eager to sign a new Concorde pact.
In decisions affecting rallying, the council directed the FIA to appoint a central promoter for the World Rally Championship. Group N and S2000 cars will be renamed Superproduction cars, and Group R cars will be known as Produciton cars as of the 2010 season. The Cyprus Rally and Rally Poland were approved for the 2009 schedule.
As part of the European Rally Championship, a European Cup for two-wheel-drive cars will commence in 2009. Drivers and co-drivers must be registered in the championsip and compete in at least six events to be classified. The 2008 Zambia Rally will take place Sept. 12-14.
In karting, the 2009 CIK-FIA World Karting Championship will be staged Oct. 8-11, 2009, in Macau, China. The occasion will mark the first time the event will be held in Asia.