FIA elects members of 2008 Formula One Commission

The FIA confirmed on May 31st that a fax vote of the World Motor Sport Council had elected the representatives from teams and promoters for the 2008 Formula One Commission, the body which approves technical and sporting regulations. Six from the...

The FIA confirmed on May 31st that a fax vote of the World Motor Sport Council had elected the representatives from teams and promoters for the 2008 Formula One Commission, the body which approves technical and sporting regulations. Six from the teams and five from the promoters is the number required under the terms of the 2008 Sporting Regulations.

Currently all the teams are represented but the new Commission will comprise just the six. Representing the teams in 2008, based on license nationality, are Red Bull (Austria), Renault (France), BMW Sauber (Germany), Ferrari (Italy), Honda (Japan) and Williams (United Kingdom).

Red Bull, formerly Jaguar, has reportedly applied for an Austrian license, which it does not currently hold. As there is only one representative per country, the big names of McLaren and Toyota lost out. McLaren was unhappy that it had not been elected.

"Team McLaren Mercedes note the decision of the FIA to exclude the team from the 2008 Formula 1 Commission," said a statement. "It seems surprising that the second oldest and most successful Formula 1 team for the past 40 years, with 148 grand prix victories, has not been included as a team representative."

The five promoters elected are the Australian, Brazilian, Hungarian, Monaco and Spanish Grands Prix. One representative from the sport's commercial rights holder and one from the FIA make up the 13-strong Commission.

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Series Formula 1
Teams Ferrari , Mercedes , Sauber , McLaren , Williams