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James Allen on the entry list fallout

James Allen on the entry list fallout

Saturday, 13 June 2009 00:00

F1 | ITV Sport

As expected, Friday was a day of high drama in the Formula 1 world, with the publication of the 2010 entry list fuelling rather than quelling the politically charged atmosphere.

ITV.com/F1 columnist James Allen gives his take on the latest developments and where the saga will go from here.


Today (Friday) has been momentous, as many people predicted, but it has not been decisive.

Some thought that the FIA would put out an entry list without some of the household name teams on it, like McLaren or Renault.

In fact the list contained everyone who should have been there – although Prodrive might disagree – and left room for further negotiation with some of the manufacturers.

What it did not do, however, was leave room for negotiation with Ferrari, whom the FIA are treating as an errant child, which is being told what to do on the basis of having an agreement in place.

The FIA and Ferrari have been close in the past, especially when Jean Todt was in charge, but it’s clear that he was keeping Max Mosley and Luca di Montezemolo apart.

Now that he’s not there any more, we have an intense personal rivalry.

Todt signed the 2005 agreement with the FIA and FOM to compete in the world championship until 2012.

Ferrari, which had a black hole in its accounts at the time, received a golden hello of €100 million and preferential commercial terms for its participation, based on its historic association with the sport.

It has also transpired that as part of that deal it also got a right of veto over technical rule changes.

It is that veto right which it feels has been ignored by the FIA in framing the budget cap rules and as a result it considers its 2005 agreement to be void.

The FIA and FOM feel that the agreement is still very much intact.

It seems inevitable that this will end up in a law court, to find out which interpretation is correct. If it does it will be a multi-billion dollar case because so much hangs on it.

Meanwhile, with the way that the FIA has done the entry list, Ferrari doesn’t have any further negotiating role because its entry has been listed as unconditional.

It is only McLaren, BMW, Toyota, Renault and Brawn who have provisional entries, pending a solution being found to their concerns, which they share with Ferrari, Red Bull and Toro Rosso. Talks with them can continue until next Friday.

The FOTA teams are doing everything they can to stay together and not be divided and conquered.

Tonight they enlisted the help of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).

This body issued a press statement which suggested that it would be asking the wider FIA community to examine whether its president had conducted himself correctly in the governance of this process and hinted darkly at a breakaway series should they not get satisfaction from this line of questioning.

The next step is for Montezemolo tomorrow to use the platform as official starter of the historic Le Mans 24 Hours race to voice his thoughts on the state of play, and I’m sure he will have some memorable lines.

After that FOTA plans to issue a dossier with details and fine print of the budget cap, the implications of it, the reasons why FOTA thinks it cannot work and a wider examination of why it feels the sport is on the wrong track.

The FIA has said little today, beyond issuing its statement, but you sense that Mosley has some heavy artillery lined up for next week too.

The situation could spiral out of control quite easily in the run up to next week’s British Grand Prix.
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