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GP Week : Issue 45
F1 future hangs in the THE future of the Formula 1 World Championship is at its most uncertain point for many a year following a weekend of threats, politics and politicking at the Spanish Grand Prix. As the FIA forges forward with its plans to introduce a budget cap to the sport in 2010, and along with it to introduce what has been dubbed a ‘two tier’ technical system, there has emerged the possibility that some teams will refuse to enter their names for the 2010 championship in protest. The deadline for entries to the 2010 Formula 1 World Championship is May 29 and over the Spanish Grand Prix weekend Toyota became the first team to publically state that, for as long as the current 2010 budget cap and 2010 technical regulations remained in place, it would not be filing an entry. It is believed that Toyota hopes it will be joined in its protest by fellow teams who are unhappy with the route the FIA is proposing to take Formula 1. FOTA representatives met on Sunday morning in Barcelona and discussed its stance for two hours. After this meeting, F1 commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone was seen visiting the majority of the teams in a bid to defuse the escalating political battle. While there is little argument that Formula 1 has an absolute need to reduce costs, the teams at the centre of the proposed protest are believed to be mostly