All teams submit 'conditional' F1 entries

Ferrari's threat to quit Formula One would appear to be over after they today joined eight other current teams in submitting a block conditional entry to compete in next year's world championship.

McLaren, BMW Sauber, Toyota, Renault, Red Bull Racing, Toro Rosso and Brawn GP have all confirmed their intention to compete in 2010, seemingly bringing an end to the recent civil war with the FIA over the voluntary budget cap.

However, despite compromises on both sides in recent negotiations, the nine teams have made it clear there are stipulations attached to their entry.

A statement on behalf of the Formula One Teams' Association read: "FOTA confirms all its members' long-term commitment to be involved in the FIA Formula One World Championship and has unanimously agreed further and significant actions to substantially reduce the costs of competing in the championship in the next three years, creating a mechanism that will preserve the technological competition and the sporting challenge and, at the same time, facilitate the entry in the F1 Championship for new teams.

"These measures are in line with what has already been decided in 2009 within FOTA, achieving important saving on engines and gearboxes.

"All FOTA teams have entered the 2010 championship on the basis that:

"1) The Concorde Agreement is signed by all parties before 12th June 2009, after which all FOTA teams will commit to competing in Formula One until 2012.

"The renewal of the Concorde Agreement will provide security for the future of the sport by binding all parties in a formal relationship that will ensure stability via sound governance.

"2) The basis of the 2010 regulations will be the current 2009 regulations, amended in accordance with proposals that FOTA has submitted to the FIA.

"All FOTA teams' entries for the 2010 FIA Formula One world championship have been submitted today on the understanding that (a) all FOTA teams will be permitted to compete during the 2010 Formula One season on an identical regulatory basis and (b) that they may only be accepted as a whole.

"All FOTA teams now look forward with optimism to collaborating proactively and productively with the FIA, with a view to establishing a solid foundation on which the future of a healthy and successful Formula One can be built, providing lasting stability and sound governance."

It is understood FOTA are unwilling to be capped in any way for next season, although they will apparently undertake a certain level of self-policed cost control.

It had been suggested a cap of 100 million euros (£87.5million) was on the table for 2010, in conjunction with considerable technical assistance to be offered by the teams to prospective new entrants.

That would have facilitated a glide-path through to 2011 and FIA president Max Mosley's £40million figure announced on April 29, one that caused widespread pandemonium and anarchy within F1.

The teams, however, clearly have other ideas, and they are eager to work with the FIA, but on their terms, with the re-signing of the Concorde Agreement pivotal to their aims.

The Agreement is a binding regulatory and commercial document which has governed the sport for the previous 25 years.

The teams were outraged with Mosley when he announced the cap, not only because it threatened a two-tier championship, but primarily because he acted unilaterally, without consulting any of the teams.

If Mosley now agrees to FOTA's proposals, it would represent a significant climbdown by the 69-year-old.

In particular, Mosley would have to work with FOTA in an effort to push through a cap for 2011, as the organisation merely talk about taking "significant action" towards reducing costs.

The main protagonist in all of this has been Ferrari and president Luca di Montezemolo, who also serves as chairman of FOTA.

It was following a board meeting on May 12 that Ferrari confirmed they would end their 60-year association with the sport if the rules were not re-written.

The new regulations allowed for greater technical freedom to teams willing to compete under the cap, compared to those unable to abide by it being forced to adhere to the current regulations.

Ferrari even tried to acquire an injunction against the new rules from the Tribunal de Grande Justice in Paris, who were unable to adjudicate on the matter due to it being a contractual dispute.

It emerged during the hearing that Ferrari have a 'right of veto' over rules introduced by the FIA, and at that stage there was a threat the matter would spill over into the civil courts.

There followed several hastily convened meetings between FOTA, and then with Mosley and commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone, in a bid to save the sport from imploding.

During the course of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend it appeared the two sides were drawing closer to a compromise, with Mosley perhaps surprised by FOTA's unified stance.

However, on the Sunday after the race it emerged Mosley had been handed a bombshell letter from FOTA who were demanding the 2010 regulations be scrapped.

On Monday, Williams broke ranks from FOTA by confirming they would be entering for next year given their contractual obligations with the FIA and FOM.

At the latest FOTA meeting on Wednesday, during which Williams were temporarily suspended from the organisation, the stance witnessed today was drawn up.

FOTA maintain their proposals "facilitate the entry in the F1 championship for new teams", but stop short of explaining how.

Today's deadline for new entrants has seen Prodrive, Lola and Litespeed all lodge their entries for next year with the FIA, but on the basis of there being a cap.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Kim Wilde began gardening in the 1990s when she moved to the countryside
peopleThe singer is leading an appeal for the charity Thrive, which uses the therapy of horticulture
Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring a second for Arsenal against Reading
Life and Style
An easy-peel potato; Dave Hax has come up with an ingenious method in food preparation
voicesDave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Japan's population is projected to fall dramatically in the next 50 years (Wikimedia)
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own