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F1 teams granted entry for 2010

Formula 1 teams find out on Friday whether they have entries for the 2010 championship
The FIA has given the current Fota teams the chance to be on the grid in 2010

All 10 current Formula 1 teams have been included on the list of entrants for the 2010 season, though five of those are on a conditional basis.

Brawn GP, McLaren, Renault, Toyota and BMW Sauber have until 17 June to submit an unconditional entry for the season.

And Ferrari are still adamant they will not race under the planned rules as the teams and the governing body continue to row over the future of F1.

Campos Grand Prix, Manor and US F1 have been accepted as new teams next season.

However, it is still unclear which teams will be joining them on the grid as the teams and the FIA are still at odds over new budgetary and technical regulations.

Eight of the current F1 teams applied to be on the grid for the next campaign on the basis that plans to implement a £40m budget cap were altered or waived, unlike Williams and Force India, whose applications were unconditional.

It doesn't mean that Ferrari, Red Bull and Toro Rosso have lifted the conditions they entered with

Five Live's F1 commentator David Croft

The teams, though committed to reducing costs in the sport, feel the budget constraint is too harsh and too soon and say the FIA's plan to reward those teams who operate within the £40m budget with relaxed technical restraints would create a two-tier championship.

The Fota teams show no sign of backing down on this issue, and are expected to pursue more negotiations with the FIA aimed at ending the impasse after writing to the FIA senate and world council after 11th-hour negotiations on Thursday proved unsuccessful.

Fota also want the published 2010 regulations to be rewritten, while accepting the principle of a slower 'glide-path' down to FIA president Max Mosley's budget cap figure over the next couple of years.

In a statement issued on Friday, Fota claimed the FIA's latest proposals were "bad for the future of F1, the jobs of those employed within the motor racing industry and the millions of loyal fans who are dismayed and confused at the internal bickering within our sport".

Fota vice-president John Howett earlier insisted the organisation is not holding the sport to ransom.

"We're all very sad we're not focusing on the racing and what's exciting about F1," he said. "But I really believe Fota's ambition is to improve the sport for the long term.

BBC commentator David Croft explains F1 teams situation

"What we primarily want is a sensible basis of governance so that the regulations aren't changed willy nilly. Secondly, we feel there is a risk in involving financial forensic control in the sporting regulations in deciding a championship.

"It's not about power or Fota running the sport."

Mosley has now apparently split the Fota teams into two groups - the five asked to return with unconditional entries or face missing out on the new season, and then Ferrari, Toro Rosso and Red Bull whose entry has been confirmed unconditionally.

The FIA argues that Ferrari, Red Bull and Toro Rosso are contractually obliged to be involved.

Ferrari are standing firm with the rest of the Fota teams, though, as they say the FIA invalidated the contract, agreed in 2005, when Mosley failed to consult the teams over the proposed rule changes.

"Ferrari submitted on 29 May an entry to the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship which is subject to certain conditions. As of today, these conditions have not been met," read a statement.

"For the avoidance of any doubt, Ferrari reaffirms that it shall not take part in the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship under the regulations adopted by the FIA in violation of Ferrari's rights under a written agreement with the FIA."

Thos sentiments were echoed by Red Bull, who added: "Red Bull Racing remains committed to Fota and fully endorses all its principles."

606: DEBATE

Five Live's F1 commentator David Croft reported: "The highlight of this is that current leaders Brawn GP, Lewis Hamilton's team McLaren, along with Toyota, Renault and BMW, might not be around in 2010 if they can't resolve their current dispute with the FIA.

"It doesn't mean that Ferrari, Red Bull and Toro Rosso have lifted the conditions they entered with - more that the FIA have seen fit that the contract they think have with those three teams overrides any disagreement they currently have and have accepted their entry without a problem."

Last week, Mosley wrote to the teams advising them to submit unconditional entries so that they might be guaranteed a say in framing next season's rules

He added that if they did so, he would sit down with all the confirmed entrants and listen to their proposals with regard to the shaping of the regulations for next season.

If Brawn GP, McLaren, Renault, Toyota and BMW Sauber fail to submit an unconditional entry, the FIA will return to the pool of potential new entrants as they are determined to have a 26-car grid in place for next year.

They will pick from the rest of the 10 new teams that lodged applications to join the grid from next season.

Among the hopeful applicants were an outfit using the historic Team Lotus name, British race-car constructor Lola, and Prodrive, the company owned by former Benetton and BAR F1 team boss David Richards.



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