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GP Week : Issue 53
> F1NEWS> e outrage Will the entry allocation be investigated? Newspaper reports spark controversy over Alan Donnelly and the 2010 entry list – and strengthen Virgin/Manor rumours ... THE process by which the FIA came to a decision over the successful team applications for the 2010 World Championship has been called into question, after an email sent by FIA Chief Steward and Max Mosley’s right-hand man Alan Donnelly was printed in the British Press. The email, published by The Guardian newspaper, appears to show Donnelly taking an active role in securing funding for one of the then prospective outfits, Manor Grand Prix, two weeks before the FIA announced which teams had been successful in their bids. Donnelly’s email appears to confirm the rumours that Virgin will depart BrawnGP at the end of 2009, stating that the company has agreed to take a 20 percent stake in Manor. This is not the first time that Donnelly’s relationship with Manor has been questioned, after it was reported that his company, Sovereign Strategy, will handle the team’s public relations. It is thought possible that FOTA will call for an investigation into the manner in which the decision process over new teams took place and may make an official complaint against Donnelly to the FIA on the grounds that his actions represent a conflict of interests.