Force India not yet expelled from FOTA

Force India's drivers were not invited to the FOTA meeting on Sunday, but boss Vijay Mallya says his team has not yet been formally suspended by the group. Williams were expelled from the teams' body after signing up unconditionally to the 2010...

Force India's drivers were not invited to the FOTA meeting on Sunday, but boss Vijay Mallya says his team has not yet been formally suspended by the group.

Williams were expelled from the teams' body after signing up unconditionally to the 2010 world championship, and it emerged that Force India lodged similar paperwork prior to the Turkish GP weekend.

"At this stage I can't say anything," the Indian billionaire told Auto Motor und Sport when asked if FOTA has suspended Force India. "I haven't talked with FOTA yet."

Mallya said he was obliged to enter the FIA championship upon advice from the team's lawyers, with "bank guarantees" needing to be secured against definite revenue.

The carmakers have signed a $50m pledge to stay united under the FOTA banner, and Ross Brawn said his Brackley based team is remaining loyal.

"I owe the existence of this team to FOTA. Without the help of McLaren and Mercedes, we would not be here," he said.

But Brawn expressed anxiety at the ongoing conflict with the FIA, insisting that the uncertainty is making negotiations with sponsors "impossible".

"What can you say to people who are interested, if no one knows what is going to happen next?" he said.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ross Brawn
Teams Mercedes , McLaren , Force India , Williams