Autosport, can reveal, that Max Mosley has sent a letter to FOTA asking them to join the 2010 series so they can help shape the future of the sport. The suggestion is to join without conditions and then the whole lot can sit down with Max and the new teams entering F1 and discuss the FOTA recommendations. Autosport shared the content of the letter and you can read the full story here. An excerpt is below.
“However once we have a list of confirmed entries, we can make changes provided we have the necessary unanimous agreement.
“You therefore have the option of participating in this process as a confirmed entrant, or not. In order to participate, you should now write to us confirming that your entry is unconditional.
“It is of course up to you, but the simplest way to ensure that all entrants run under the same rules would be if everyone entered under the cost-cap rules as published and then all entrants cooperated to agree modifications to those rules which would make the proposition workable for all parties.”
There are also caveats in the letter as well. Suggestions that they need to enter unconditionally so the list of participating teams can be coagulated as to make the negotiation period i9nclusive of all teams is a difficult one as the new teams have no allegiance to FOTA nor have they the same interests at this point. There are many other issues embedded in this letter and we will unpack them in podcast #109.
The bottom line is the series is officially bifurcated. FIA/FOM/New Teams on one side and FOTA/Drivers(GPDA) on the other. Who’s camp do you sit in? Max’s letter has a conciliatory note to it but I have come to learn that this is usually when the dagger is slipped in to the back of those participating.