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Monday, May 25, 2009

Williams wants in for 2010

Williams confirmed it has filed an entry for the 2010 Formula 1 World Championship.

F1 Grand Prix of Monaco - Practice

The announcement comes after talks in Monaco last weekend between FOTA, Bernie Ecclestone and Max Mosley that appear to have resulted in a framework for compromise in the budget row.

Williams had joined the other members of FOTA in presenting a united front over the weekend, saying all would sit out without a resolution. Williams chief executive Adam Parr addressed those issues in an exclusive with Reuters.

“The unity of FOTA is of paramount importance to Williams,” he said “Yesterday we joined the other members of FOTA in writing to the FIA (International Automobile Federation) to request a continuing effort to find a compromise concerning the regulations for 2010. We believe that under the leadership of di Montezemolo and John Howett, FOTA has extracted some very significant concessions from the FIA...”

“Having said that, Williams has -- and has always maintained -- that we have a binding contract with both FOM and the FIA to participate in the world championship from 2008 to 2012,” he explained. “We have been paid in full for our participation and we feel both morally and legally obliged to make it clear that we will participate in Formula One in the future as we have in the past 30 years.”

“We owe this to our employees, our sponsors and the fans, all of whom are affected by statements that the teams may not enter next year's championship,” he continued.

Williams joins newbies Team US F1 and Spanish Formula 3’s Campos Racing in officially applying for entry into the 2010 championship.


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