Saturday, June 13, 2009

Ferrari: We won't race unless conditions are met

Friday 12th June 2009

Despite being included in next year's line-up, Ferrari have again insisted they will not race unless FOTA's conditions are met.

Earlier this week Ferrari told the FIA not to sign them up unless they are willing to abide by the conditions laid out by the Formula one Teams' Association in their May 29th block entry.

Those conditions include the scrapping of Max Mosley's proposed 2010 regulations and the budget cap as well as the signing of a new Concorde.

However, motorsport's governing body claim they have a contract with Ferrari, forcing them to compete in Formula One until 2012. And as such, Ferrari's name appeared as an unconditional entry when the FIA published the 2010 entry list earlier today.

The Italian marque, though, are sticking by their threat not to race, adding that Mosley's planned rules 'violate' any previous contract Ferrari had with the FIA.

"Ferrari submitted on 29 May 2009 an entry to the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship which is subject to certain conditions," said the statement. "As of today, these conditions have not been met.

"Notwithstanding this and despite Ferrari's previous written notice to the FIA not to do so, the FIA has included Ferrari as an unconditional participant in next year's Formula One World Championship.

"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."

Ferrari are not alone in their stand as Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso, who were also unconditionally entered as a result of their 2012 deal with Bernie Ecclestone, insist they too will not race.

"Following the FIA's publication of the entry list for the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship, Red Bull Racing would like to make it clear that its entry was submitted as a conditional entry, consistent with those of all other FOTA members," said Red Bull's statement.

"Red Bull Racing remains committed to FOTA and fully endorses all its principles."

Toro Rosso released a similar statement.

Source : Planet F1

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