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Manor to Quit F1 Over Changed Rules?

Manor Grand Prix might be looked upon as a great partner for Sir Richard Branson and his Virgin Group, but the team has confirmed they have now put their 2010 campaign in doubt following the latest changes in next year's regulations. John Booth's outfit, just like USF1 and Campos Grand Prix, initially signed up for an F1 entry with a $45 million budget cap set for 2010, something that's been decided against in recent days.

Under the circumstances, booth admitted his organization is now reconsidering its plans for 2010. Unless the “little teams” will receive some sort of help from the FIA to actually have a shot at making some decent appearances during next year's championship, Manor is likely to renounce their position in the 2010 roster.

Every time you think you've got it sorted out it all changes again, it's like walking on quicksand. It makes it more difficult of course, but I think we can just about manage it. It just depends what the target is in two years time, what 1990's levels were. Honestly, it's almost impossible to comment,” Booth was quoted as saying by British magazine Autosport.

The Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) is yet to announce their suggestions for the 2010 rule book within the next few weeks. The sure bets are no KERS, no refueling and no two-tier rules. The rest of it, meaning cost reduction and financial agenda, is to be discussed by the FOTA members behind closed doors.

Renault's Flavio Briatore was appointed by the teams' alliance to discuss a new Concorde Agreement with Bernie Ecclestone – with whom he co-owns English first division club Queens Park Rangers – something that might also influence Manor's decision in the upcoming weeks.

Until we see what the Concorde Agreement is, if they ever sign it, then we'll comment,” added Booth.
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