Williams confirmed on Monday that they had formally submitted their entry to the 2010 F1 World Championship, making them the only team yet to do so. And because of this, the Formula One Teams Association has today suspended them.
It’s only a temporary suspension though, while all this hooha over the FIA’s planned set of rules for next year and beyond get sorted out.
Williams have basically broken FOTA’s strike rules and crossed the picket line, to stand on their own next to the FIA.
Team principal Frank Williams said that while regrettable, FOTA’s decision is understandable, adding:
“As a racing team and a company whose only business is Formula One, with obligations to our partners and our employees, submitting our entry to next year’s Championship was unquestionable. In addition, we are legally obliged under our contract with FOM and the FIA to participate in the World Championship until the end of 2012.”
Williams’ move looks unlikely to break the strike in light of their FOTA exit, as all the other teams appear to be sticking fast to their demands – which they sent to Max Mosley on Friday in Monaco – that state the 2010 plans be scrapped and that they race under the current rules.
So that’s no budget cap.
Time is quickly running out for the teams, as there’s a deadline of this Friday for them to enter into next year’s championship.
2010 could look rather sparse with only one of the current teams on the grid no?