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Formula One Teams Association Reinstates Williams and Force India

by F1Fan on September 9, 2009

At a meeting in Monza today, prior to the Italian Grand Prix, the Formula One Teams Association (“FOTA”) reinstated Williams and Force India as full members of the organization.

Williams and Force India had been suspended from FOTA following their unconditional entry into the 2010 season during FOTA’s disagreement with the FIA on the imposed Salary cap for 2010. The FIA eventually accepted FOTA’s alternative proposal averting a mass withdrawal from Formula One by the remaining FOTA teams and the potential creation of a rival race series.

At the same time as reinstating the two suspended teams FOTA offered membership to the new teams that will be joining the F1 grid in 2010, Team USF1, Manor Grand Prix and Campos Grand Prix as set forth in FOTA’s statement released to the press today.

Press Release – Monza

9 September, 2009


The FOTA Executive Committee, chaired by Luca di Montezemolo, today enjoyed a productive meeting in Monza.

FOTA re-affirmed that all teams competing in Formula One are able to join the association. FOTA therefore welcomes back into full membership both Williams and Force India. The Executive Committee also looks forward to welcoming the new entrants to join the association whilst they continue to prepare for next year’s championship.

The FOTA Executive Committee looks forward to working with the FIA and Commercial Rights Holder to promote a healthy, dynamic and sustainable sport. To this end, FOTA intends to now enter into open discussion with the Commercial Rights Holder with the wish to confirm arrangements beyond 2012.

Furthermore, FOTA will now arrange a seminar, open to representatives of the major stakeholders (including Media, Sponsors and Promoters), to discuss how working together we can develop the show creating a more attractive spectacle for the fans.

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