A walkout took place at an FIA meeting called to discuss regulations for next year's Formula One event. During the meeting, which was held in Nurburgring, FIA Charlie Whiting told the eight Formula One Teams Association outfits that they were currently entered into the 2010 Formula One championship and have no voting rights in relation to the technical and sporting regulations.
A FOTA statement said it will be remembered that 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. The next day's meetings were asked to be postponed by the FOTA representatives due to these claims.
However, this was rejected on the grounds that no new Concorde Agreement would be permitted before a unanimous approval of the 2010 regulations was achieved. The statement continues: As endorsed by the WMSC and clearly stated in the FIA press statement of 24 June. The rules for 2010 onwards will be the 2009 regulations as well as further regulations agreed prior to 29 April 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 1 in jeopardy.
Because of these statements, the FOTA representatives at the next Technical Working Group were unable to exercise their rights and felt that they had no option other than to end their participation.
F1's commercial rights holder CVC is said to be upset by this development. FOTA didn´t mention it in its statement but it appears the threat of a breakaway series is very real. The FIA has not commented on the matter. [via autocar]