FOTA says FIA jeopardising peace deal
Wednesday, 08 July 2009 00:00
FOTA says FIA jeopardising peace deal - F1 | ITV Sport
The Formula One Teams‚Äô Association has accused the FIA of jeopardising the future of Formula 1 by tearing up key parts of the peace deal agreed just two weeks ago.
The accord reached in Paris on 24 June ‚Äď in which Max Mosley agreed to stand down as FIA president at the end of his current term and dropped plans for a budget cap, while the manufacturers pledged to reduce costs and sign up to F1 until 2012 ‚Äď was hailed by both sides as a decisive reconciliation that had seen off the threat of a breakaway series.
But the durability of that deal was thrown into fresh doubt on Wednesday after the FOTA teams walked out of a meeting with the FIA at the Nurburgring and expressed dismay at the governing body‚Äôs latest stance.
FOTA issued a statement saying the FIA had reneged on undertakings made last month by refusing to treat its members as confirmed entrants for next year‚Äôs championship and denying them any input into the 2010 rules ‚Äď in effect making Wednesday‚Äôs meetings pointless.
‚ÄúRepresentatives of all FOTA teams attended a meeting of the Sporting Working Group at the N√ľrburgring today,‚ÄĚ said the statement.
‚ÄúDuring 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.
‚ÄúIt will be remembered that all eight active FOTA members were included on the ‚Äėaccepted‚Äô entry list as endorsed by the FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) and communicated by FIA press statement on June 24.‚ÄĚ
FOTA said the FIA refused to reschedule Wednesday‚Äôs meetings on the basis that no further progress could be made in signing off other aspects of the peace deal until the 2010 regulations were unanimously agreed.
The teams‚Äô alliance insists that last month‚Äôs deal did not include any such requirement and that both parties agreed at that time to revert to the 2009 rules as the framework for next year.
‚ÄúIn light of these [FIA] claims, the FOTA representatives requested a postponement of today‚Äôs meetings,‚ÄĚ FOTA said.
‚ÄúThis was rejected on the grounds that no new Concorde Agreement would be permitted before a unanimous approval of the 2010 regulations was achieved.
‚ÄúHowever, it is clear to the FOTA teams that the basis of the 2010 technical and sporting regulations was already established in Paris.
‚ÄúAs endorsed by the WMSC and clearly stated in the FIA press statement of 24 June ‚Äėthe rules for 2010 onwards will be the 2009 regulations as well as further regulations agreed prior to 29 April 2009‚Äô.
‚ÄúAt no point in the Paris discussions was any requirement for unanimous agreement on regulation change expressed.‚ÄĚ
FOTA warned that the FIA‚Äôs latest position risked reopening the rift between the two sides and threatening F1‚Äôs future all over again.
‚ÄúTo subsequently go against the will of the WMSC and the detail of the Paris agreement puts the future of Formula 1 in jeopardy,‚ÄĚ said the statement.
‚ÄúAs a result of these statements, the FOTA representatives at the subsequent Technical Working Group were not able to exercise their rights and therefore had no option other than to terminate their participation.
‚ÄúThe FOTA members undertook the Paris agreement and the subsequent discussions in good faith and with a desire to engage with all new and existing teams on the future of Formula 1.‚ÄĚ
The fragile rapprochement between the FIA and FOTA had already come under strain when, just days after the Paris deal was announced, Mosley accused FOTA chairman Luca di Montezemolo of misrepresenting what was agreed and ‚Äúdancing on my grave before I was buried‚ÄĚ.
The 69-year-old was so angered by Montezemolo‚Äôs description of him as a ‚Äúdictator‚ÄĚ who had been stripped of all influence over F1 that he threatened to reconsider his pledge not to seek re-election ‚Äď a threat he has not yet withdrawn.