FOTA teams cancel rival series

Posted by Posted by Grand Prix Blogger On 05:23

The ongoing war in the world of F1 is over. The sport has been saved in its current form much to the relief of fans and sponsors the world over. The peace deal was not without its casualties as FIA president Max Mosley is to step down on October of 2009 without seeking re-election. It seems that the deal struck to keep F1 intact relied, in part, on the departure of the Englishman.

Bernie Ecclestone, president and CEO of Formula One Management and the Formula One Administration is to remain in his position as there has been no attempt to oust him from his responsibilities.

The threat of a rival series has been a dark cloud looming over F1 for many months now and risked diluting the premier motor racing series in the world into two championships both vying for spectator and viewer attention. The announcement that the split will not occur can only be good news for the teams developing next years cars as well as the sponsors and fans that love F1 as a business and a sport.

Despite the feelings of hostility from many members of the F1 community towards F1 president Max Mosley he has had the grace to step down in the interests of the sport as a whole. A future F1 under the governance of Mosley seems to be an impossibility and the announcement of his departure seemed to be the catalyst for the change of heart by the FOTA teams.

The confirmation from FOTA now means that the provisional F1 entry list is confirmed with F1 2010 fielding a capacity 26 car grid. These are the team that will be lining up on the grid in March:

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
BMW Sauber F1 Team
Renault F1 Team
Panasonic Toyota Racing
Scuderia Toro Rosso
Red Bull Racing
AT&T Williams
Force India F1 Team
Brawn GP Formula One Team
Campos Meta Team
Manor Grand Prix
Team US F1

The question now is who will replace Mosley as the FIA president? One name that seems to be re-occuring is that of former Ferrari principle Jean Todt, however being an ex-Ferrari chief and not seeing eye to eye with all team bosses does make this seem an unlikely prospect. Mosley's deputy has also been mentioned however as he is suspected of being in his 70's (as he remains highly private about his age) this too seems unlikely. Here at Grand Prix Blogger we will keep watching this story and report any developments straight to you.


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