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GP Week : Issue 50
Entry list sparks angry d FOTA teams on the list for 2010, but some entries are only conditional ... T HE FIA has placed all FOTA teams on the entry list for the 2010 Formula 1 World Championship, in a controversial move that has been met with staunch protest from FOTA members. The list, released last Friday, named Williams and Force India, who had been suspended from FOTA for entering unconditionally for 2010, alongside Ferrari, Red Bull and Toro Rosso, with whom the FIA believes it has a contract to race in F1 until 2012, and three new teams, as confirmed entries. McLaren, BMW, Renault, Toyota and BrawnGP are also included on the list, but their names were present only on the condition that they drop the FOTA conditions attached to their entries. They have been given until June 19 to do so and thus confirm their places on the 2010 grid. Both Ferrari and the Red Bull teams have subsequently made clear their absolute intention to stand by their fellow FOTA members, and have rejected the FIA’s inclusion of their names on the 2010 entry list until their and FOTA’s conditions have been met. FOTA has reportedly written to the FIA Senate and World Motor Sport Council requesting that they intervene in the current situation in order to find a resolution. The FIA and its President Max Mosley had offered the conditional olive branch of agreeing to negotiate with FOTA over the unpopular 2010 regulations in the run up to June 12, so long as all FOTA teams dropped the conditions attached to their entries. Mosley conceded that he was willing to drop the two-tier system for 2010, but that if FOTA wanted to make changes to the rules, they could do so only from the inside. FOTA’s gripes with the FIA now seem to have evolved from its original track. Comments throughout the week from leading FOTA members now call for a change of FIA governance over and above the previous importance placed on the reconsideration of 2010 regulations. However, significantly, FOTA has won the backing of the European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association, which issued its own statement late last week (see separate story).