It is clear to one and all that the FIA wants to break the power of FOTA. Well, at Nurburgring today during the FIA's Working Group they force FOTA to respond. Charlie Whiting, who was chairing the meeting, told the the FOTA 8 that they were not entered into the 2010 season. What resulted was a walk out of all 8 members of FOTA.
The FOTA eight—Ferrari, McLaren, BMW Sauber, Renault, Toyota, Red Bull Racing, Toro Rosso and Brawn G—then proceeded to make a press statement that clearly indicates that the battle lines are drawn.
A statement issued by FOTA read: "Representatives of all FOTA teams attended a meeting of the Sporting Working Group at the Nurburgring today.
"During the course of this meeting, the team managers were informed by 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.
"It will be remembered all eight active FOTA members were included on the "accepted" entry list as endorsed by the FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) and communicated by FIA press statement on June 24.
"In light of these claims, the FOTA representatives requested a postponement of today's meetings.
"This was rejected on the grounds no new Concorde Agreement would be permitted before a unanimous approval of the 2010 regulations was achieved.
"However, it is clear to the FOTA teams that the basis of the 2010 technical and sporting regulations was already established in Paris.
"As endorsed by the World Motor Sport Council and clearly stated in the FIA press statement of June 24 'the rules for 2010 onwards will be the 2009 regulations as well as further regulations agreed prior to April 29, 2009'.
"At no point in the Paris discussions was any requirement for unanimous agreement on regulations change expressed.
"To subsequently go against the will of the WMSC and the detail of the Paris agreement puts the future of Formula One in jeopardy.
"As 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.
"The 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 One."
Well, well, the FIA are clearly trying to break FOTA. Their latest actions are going to end up in court, as there is little chance of this being resolved any other way.
The FIA clearly are at fault here, as they are ignoring laws and agreements. The question for real F1 fans is, will FOTA rid us of this sham and give us a new series that real race fans can get behind?
************Last Night FOTA held an emergency meeting in London. Why did they not hold the meeting in Germany, after they walked out of the meeting with the FIA. Am led to believe that they went to the UK as to hav talks with the company that will run the series for them!