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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

FOTA leaves FIA meeting

In another show of F1's new-found peace, the FOTA teams walked out of an FIA technical meeting Wednesday at the Nurburgring.

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FOTA's squads were meeting with the FIA to finalize the 2010 rules, and the meeting also included newcomers US F1, Campos Meta and Manor Grand Prix.

While some progress was made at the meeting, the teams could not agree on weight limits, nor the legal agreement to reduce costs.

According to the FIA, FOTA's eight members left the meeting when asked for input on further rule changes.

"The eight FOTA teams were invited to attend the meeting to discuss their further proposals for 2010. Unfortunately no discussion was possible because FOTA walked out of the meeting."

FOTA claims it was informed by Charlie Whiting its teams are not currently entered in the 2010 championship and thus have no voting rights.

"During the course of this meeting, the team managers were informed by Mr Charlie Whiting of the FIA that, contrary to previous agreements, the eight FOTA teams are not currently entered into the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship and have no voting rights in relation to the technical and sporting regulations thereof."

When a postponement of the meeting was requested, it was denied, FOTA says, leaving the teams no choice but to leave the meeting.

The FOTA statement goes on to remind that the rules are already set for 2010, a continuation of the 2009 regulations, as per the FIA.

This is fun.

Read both the FIA and FOTA statements.


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's a good thing none of them are armed.

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