FOTA teams may have arrived at an agreement in principle with Max Mosley that will find them all submitting an entry application for the 2010 championship according to GMM. It is suggested that a Proviso may be attached to Ferrari’s application regarding the governance of the sport as it is still seeking discussion and decisions on that front.
Lola, Prodrive and Litespeed have all submitted their entry forms for the 2010 season and this comes amidst the hiatus on Mosley’s 40 million Euro budget concept which now appears to be postponed until 2011. As reported yesterday, the existing teams may be willing to help the new teams be competitive next year through technical and material share programs intended to see these teams fitted with non-differentiating parts and information. What cost McLaren $100 million will now be free apparently as the new teams get to look at the technical data on how to build an F1 car like Ferrari. It had also been reported that perhaps the teams may acquiesce on the customer ca issue for 2010 to allow the new teams to compete but that story has been questioned in the last 24 hours as teams have been strongly against that concept. Dave Richards of Prodrive certainly knows that first hand but his ties may still remain with McLaren, like Force India, and if that doesn’t work, he could always buy a Lola now that they are entering the series and call it an Aston Martin original (worked for him in Le Mans). Epsilon Euskadi is still a question mark as to their intent to enter the series for 2010 although.
Time is running out and it will be interesting to see fi there are caveats, proviso’s or other technical entanglements to this application process. As it stand now, all teams and even new ones are understood to be filing the application.
The FOTA statement said:
“The renewal of the Concorde Agreement will provide security for the future of the sport by binding all parties in a formal relationship that will ensure stability via sound governance,” said FOTA in a statement.
“identical for all competitors and amended in accordance with proposals that FOTA has submitted to the FIA.”
“All FOTA teams’ entries for the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship have been submitted today on the understanding that (a) all FOTA teams will be permitted to compete during the 2010 Formula One season on an identical regulatory basis and (b) that they may only be accepted as a whole,” added the statement.
“All FOTA teams now look forward with optimism to collaborating proactively and productively with the FIA, with a view to establishing a solid foundation on which the future of a healthy and successful Formula One can be built, providing lasting stability and sound governance.”