FOTA Confirms New Concorde Agreement

Less than a week after the FIA announced Max Mosley had put his signature on the new Concorde Agreement, the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) issued a statement of their own regarding the matter. As shocking as this might seem, there are no disagreements between the two bodies this time, as the FOTA press release does nothing but to confirm the signing of the aforementioned document.

The new Concorde Agreement – binding the current teams of Formula One to the FIA and the Formula One Management (FOM) until the end of 2012 – was signed by all 12 teams of the FOTA, Williams and Force India included.

In addition, the statement said BMW-Sauber AG will be allowed to sign the new CA any time they want, should they decide to return to the sport.

The Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) today welcomed the successful conclusion of negotiations leading to the signing of the 2009 Concorde Agreement,” said the statement.

Signed by all Formula One teams, with the only exception of BMW-Sauber AG, the FIA, and Formula One Administration (FOA), Concorde 2009 lays down the commercial and regulatory guidelines for Formula 1 whilst guaranteeing the teams’ participation until the end of the 2012 season.”

FOTA will support any initiative which would allow BMW-Sauber AG to reapply for full participation within the new Concorde Agreement. All Formula One teams have together reached a voluntary agreement on their own, which will put into practice FOTA’s long-standing objective gradually to reduce overall spending, eventually to around the levels of the early 1990s.”

The terms of Concorde 2009 will reinvigorate the role of the Formula 1 Commission, and various other Working Groups. The Formula 1 Commission will henceforth be a key decision-making body for change in Formula 1. FOTA’s attention will now turn to other issues we believe to be in the long-term interest of F1: racing at the best tracks, in front of the biggest audiences and expanding F1’s reach,” concluded the document.
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