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All F1 teams sign up for 2010

THE prospect of Ferrari pulling out of Formula One at the end of the year receded yesterday when the champion joined all the other teams in signing up conditionally for 2010.

A statement by the Formula One Teams Association said all of its members had met a deadline imposed by the governing International Automobile Federation.

Ferrari, former champion Renault, Toyota and the two Red Bull teams had threatened to walk away if the 2010 regulations were not rewritten in a row over a proposed 40 million pound (US$64.14 million) budget cap.

FOTA, whose members met FIA President Max Mosley in Monaco last weekend, has been trying to find a solution to the standoff since the regulations were published last month.

The statement said all the teams would commit to 2012 providing key conditions were met.

They were, firstly, that a new version of the confidential Concorde Agreement between the teams, FIA and commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone, governing the sport be signed by all parties by June 12.

Secondly, the 2010 regulations will be based on the current 2009 rules ìamended in accordance with proposals that FOTA has submitted to the FIA.?

FOTA said the entries were submitted on the understanding that all members would be allowed to compete in 2010 on an identical regulatory basis and that they could only be accepted as a whole.

ìAll FOTA teams now look forward with optimism to collaborating proactively and productively with the FIA, with a view to establishing a solid foundation on which the future of a healthy and successful Formula One can be built, providing lasting stability and sound governance,? added the statement.

Unanimously agreed

FOTA said it had unanimously agreed ìfurther and significant actions to substantially reduce the costs of competing in the championship in the next three years.?

It said this would create ìa mechanism that will preserve the technological competition and the sporting challenge and, at the same time, facilitate the entry in the F1 Championship for new teams.?

One of the new teams was Prodrive, led by former Benetton and BAR team boss David Richards, which submitted its entry for the 2010 championship yesterday.

Richards, who issued a statement in this regard, is also the chairman of sportscar maker Aston Martin, majority owned by Kuwaitís Investment Dar, as well as Prodrive.

Although the statement did not mention Aston Martin, a Prodrive entry if accepted is likely to compete eventually under that name.


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