Formula One teams have been told by the sport's governing body that the published 2010 regulations can only be changed if all, including the new entrants, agree.
Teams must be in full agreement over 2010 regulations: Mosley
Formula One teams have been told by the sport's governing body that the published 2010 regulations can only be changed if all, including the new entrants, agree. The International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Max Mosley has written to the teams pointing out the procedures laid down in the rules. "Article 66 of the international sporting code states that no change can be made to the published regulations without the agreement of all confirmed entrants," Mosley wrote in a message that was sent to the eight members of the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA), plus Williams and Force India, as well as the three new teams for next year, Team US F1, Manor Grand Prix and Campos.
"As a result, changes to the 2010 regulations require your agreement and consent". All 13 teams were due to meet before this weekend's German Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring to discuss the 2010 regulations. The three new teams all signed up to next year's championship when an optional £40 million (Dh236m) budget cap was planned. The FOTA teams, led by champions Ferrari, had threatened a breakaway series but dropped that when a deal was reached at a meeting of the FIA's world motor sport council in Paris last month.
The FIA said at the time that the rules for 2010 onwards would be the 2009 regulations "as well as further regulations agreed prior to 29 April 2009". In return, the FOTA teams agreed to reduce the cost of competing in the championship to the level of the early 1990s within two years. Meanwhile, the 1997 world champion, Jacques Villeneuve, hopes to make a return to the grid next season. The Canadian, who has not raced in the series since 2006, thinks he may be a useful acquisition for a new team given his racing experience.
He said: "I'm a racing driver and I always will be. "That's why I'm looking about myself for Formula One. Driving is the only thing that interests me, and all the mess that's happened helps me. "With the test ban, we experienced drivers are handy. I can't say what will happen, but I'm giving it a go." * Reuters