On dodgy ground

You remember at the end of last week all of the Formula 1 Teams’ Association (FOTA) members had signed up to race in F1 next year, and we breathed a sigh of relief? Well, it might not be quite that simple…

Pitpass.com is running a piece which describes how the entries that FOTA has lodged could quite easily be illegal – much like if you filled out your passport application form incorrectly, by writing outside of the little boxes.

The problem arises from FOTA members submitting their applications not only as a whole, but also with certain caveats.

The teams stipulated that they would only race next year – plus up to and including 2012 – if the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone put together a new Concorde Agreement, and that they race under this year’s rules.

Doing this, however, contravenes the rules governing how a team applies to the FIA to race.

Williams are in the clear, as are Ferrari, because they already have a contract with the FIA until 2012. But all the other teams are at risk from being denied entry.

If the remaining teams have either tampered with the form or not even signed it, then that is grounds for them having entered their information incorrectly, so they’ll have missed the entry deadline.

Or, if they’ve signed the entry form but submitted their conditions on a separate document, then they will be legally bound to the 2010 rules – including the budget cap

– and their demands could be ignored.

In the first two instances, FIA president Max Mosley might – if he so chooses – deny any team from racing next year.

In the latter, the teams would have to race by whatever rules the FIA decides.

Obviously, FOTA may have agreed everything with the FIA beforehand, but should the rules change, then all of the new teams that have applied – Prodrive, Superfund, Lola, Campos Meta1 and Team USF1 – will have had the goalposts moved on them.

And here we were thinking that it had all gone smoothly…

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Or get into Moto GP and Superbikes.

The Isle of Mann TT is getting more coverage than ever this year and is far more exciting.

On a different topic:
Donington Park – Stunning track (second only to Cadwell park in the UK IMHO) Rubbish facilities – even compaired to silverstone – F1 are not going to like running a TV media event out of that place. The race might be good but it’s only there to shock Silverstone into action.

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Apparently, there´s another one.
Epsilon Euskadi has presented their name for one of the vacant positions.

And it is not an unknown name [nor is Campos Meta, as it is one of the biggest names in Nissan World Series and GP2]. The very reknown Joan Villadelprat [Chief engineer in Ferrari and Benetton] is their director

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@24 That’s what I’m afraid of. Charming as privateers may be, I’m all for the big companies competing. I want at least one racing class to live on the edge of what’s technically possible.
@25 ‘Only’ Ford and Citroën, right. Subaru and Suzuki got out, and Mits is way over the horizon. I gather the WRC survises on 2nd hand cars now. That’s not right, not for a world championship at least.

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At the last count, the new entries or candidates are:

Litespeed GP
Meta Campos
EEpsilon Euskadi

I’m not sure how many could actually complete the season financially though,

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And N.Technology

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what!?! first maclaren steels and it’s ok they just got a hit on the finger than the british want to knock ferrari out with these stupid rules wtheck is going on in f1… ohh yeah ferrari end up like GM…? ferrari is part of fiat s.p.a and in case u didn’t notised they just bought chrisler end almost opel…. but this all doesen’t matter, just one thing how in god almighty’s name can you possibly ever see a ferrari bodywork with a cosworth engine! we italians are pure. no imbread pleas… ferrari cosworth, ferrari bmw, or waith… MACLAREN FERRARI it simply sounds rong!!!!!!!

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I think it was Ron Dennis who said ” we do not race to make money, we race to win”. Too bad everyone else does not think the same way. I`m all for the current “ship of fools” to go away and the current “big guns” to take over and give us the quality of racing we have come to expect. Fox Sports coverage sucks. Starting with Turkey and for 3 races after that we in the US have to watch a recorded version streched out to two hours so they can get more commericals in, what bunch of crap.

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come friday there may be no big manufacturers in F1. BTW the team Lotus that signed up has no actual link to the lotus we know.. it’s actually just a team who wants to use the name lotus

also i think it’s going to be great if the 5 manufacturers are not signed up for the 2010 season. then Max n Bernie can kick them selves in the ass as they watch their audience and money slowly move over to a 2011 breakaway series if the teams decide to set one up lol.

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