Stoddart rejects rule changes

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart has withdrawn his support of the Formula One rule changes proposed for 2003 and 2004. The smaller teams, including Minardi, were supposed to receive a financial boost from the larger manufacturer backed teams to help...

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart has withdrawn his support of the Formula One rule changes proposed for 2003 and 2004. The smaller teams, including Minardi, were supposed to receive a financial boost from the larger manufacturer backed teams to help them along, but the cash never materialized. Also, some manufacturers are balking at the FIA proposal to supply other teams with affordable engines.

Due to these concerns, Stoddart has changed his mind: "I was forced to reconsider my consent to the Formula One Commission vote on the 2004 Regulations, and the proposed changes to the 2003 Regulations," he explained.

"On reflection, I was perhaps too eager to please people who, it seems, have actually been working to try to make it difficult for Minardi to continue. On reading the proposed changes in detail, and taking into consideration the cost implications for Minardi, I had no choice but to withdraw my consent."

Stoddart commented that he might reconsider if manufacturers honoured their commitments in the way of the financial help and cheaper engine supplies. If he does not revert to supporting the rule changes they cannot go ahead, as the unanimous agreement of all the teams is needed.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Paul Stoddart
Teams Minardi