F1 owners defer changes

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Team owners have voted to delay discussions about future technical changes in Formula One after a meeting at Heathrow with the commercial rights holder, Bernie Ecclestone.

Team owners have voted to delay discussions about future technical changes in Formula One after a meeting at Heathrow with the commercial rights holder, Bernie Ecclestone.

McLaren, Williams, Renault, BAR, Sauber, Red Bull, Toyota, Jordan and Minardi proposed cost-cutting measures in Brazil last October, and yesterday signed up to a restriction of testing to 30 days. This will only be a gentleman's agreementunless Ferrari, absent yesterday, make it unanimous. This is unlikely, given the team's isolation after exclusively agreeing an extension of the Concorde Agreement with the FIA, the world governing body, and Ecclestone last week.

It was expected teams would discuss financial inducements to get them to sign up, too. However, Ecclestone said: "Money was not discussed."

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