F1 Teams to Accept "Adopted" Entries?

The Formula One Teams Association seems to be considering some really interesting options to counteract the FIA-proposed budget caps inside the sport. As revealed by ex-FOTA member Frank Williams, it seems there are some teams that are actually considering an “adoption strategy” within the series starting 2010, in exchange of Max Mosley's dropping the “budget cap” concept from next year's regulations.

The new concept would be some sort of a compromise to Mosley's desire to see some “fresh blood” into Formula One and would mean that, every year, the big teams would “invite a newcomer onto their site and then share staff and expertise,” as reported by the GMM news agency.

Williams admitted he initially looked at the proposal quite reluctant, but soon realized that this could become a great way in which a team could progress inside the sport although starting as a low-profile outfit.

We are looking closely at doing that with a young team with enough money, we hope, to do a serious job for a couple of years,” revealed the 67-year old veteran.

However, neither of the FOTA representatives have confirmed or denied the allegations made by Williams. The Grove based team have been joined by Force India late last week in submitting unconditional entries to the 2010 F1 championship, and were consequently suspended by the teams' body for an undetermined period of time.

In the meantime, the FOTA are yet to answer Max Mosley's letter, in which the FIA boss asks for the current F1 teams to give him a clear answer as to whether they'll continue inside the sport in 2010 also, or not. In the letter, Mosley also states that the “budget caps” will remain in the 2010 regulations for good, no matter the consequences, and that he expects a fair answer from the teams by June 9.

Also, the FIA will need to know who to discuss the draft with. There will certainly be new teams in 2010 and it presently seems unlikely that all of the 2009 teams will participate in 2010. Obviously the draft should be discussed between those that will participate only,” added the non-conciliatory Mosley.
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