Teams’ organisation FOTA will meet in London later today to discuss their position ahead of Friday’s deadline for entries to F1 in 2010.
Representatives from each team will gather to discuss policy towards the FIA, which is maintaining its current policy towards rule changes and budget caps for next season. Max Mosley is pursuing a tactic of divide and rule – more teams look likely to break away from FOTA and enter, to join Williams and new teams USGPE and Campos, who have already filed the paperwork for the 2010 season.
But Flavio Briatore was defiant in this morning’s Spanish newspaper El Mundo.
“We decided to indicate to president Mosley the points that still must be clarified,”
“The important thing is that it was signed by the representatives of all the teams; I hope Max Mosley realises this, our unity. We will see what happens,” he added.
Another threat to the teams’ unity came from Prodrive boss David Richards, who hinted strongly that he was interested in entering the sport, providing the budget cap rules were maintained.
“Everything depends now on two questions: will the new rules permit us to enter with a chance of sporting success? And are there the basic financial conditions that would allow a new team to have a lasting and practical business model?” he is quoted as saying in an interview with Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.
“We are going to wait until the last minute and see what happens.”