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Teams present FIA with 2008 proposals 25 Jul 2005

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-20 leads at the start of the race. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, 24 July 2005

Nine of the ten Formula One teams have presented the sport's governing body, the FIA, with details of the technical and sporting regulations they would like to see put in place for the 2008 season.

The proposals, finalised over the German Grand Prix weekend, have been prepared jointly by BAR, Jordan, McLaren, Minardi, Red Bull, Renault, Sauber, Toyota and Williams, along with five of the car manufacturers closely involved in the sport, namely BMW, Mercedes, Honda, Renault and Toyota.

The FIA released their own proposed 2008 technical regulations earlier this month, inviting response from the teams. With that response now lodged, it remains to be seen how close their ideas are. The teams have not made their proposals public, but have given details of the principles behind them in a joint statement issued on Monday.

Among their aims is “to maintain and build upon Formula One’s position as the number one annual sports series in the world” and to “consolidate its position at the pinnacle of motorsport, by presenting the most exciting, technologically advanced and global motorsport series.”

Cost control and efficient application of new technologies were high on the list of FIA concerns and the teams also addressed these issues: “Where possible, costs should be significantly reduced, providing that the sporting spectacle and competition is not compromised. The vision is for a fair and transparent sport with well-funded and highly competitive teams on every row of the grid, with the best drivers competing on the most exciting race tracks around the world.

“Formula One has to be at the forefront of technology and continue to showcase technical innovations in line with those in the auto industry. At the same time the introduction of potentially expensive innovations should not jeopardise the commercial and sporting viability of independent teams. Cost saving is a fundamental objective for the teams and manufacturers, as it is important that new technologies can be introduced at the lowest possible price.”

Still on the subject of costs, the team proposals also include ideas to ensure the long-term economic future of those involved in the sport, including a pledge to provide a stable source of engine supply for smaller, independent teams.

As well as their own concerns, the teams say their proposals also take into account the views of fans, sponsors, broadcasters and circuits, regarding the future of the sport. They say they are confident the FIA will consider their suggestions carefully and have already requested a meeting with President Max Mosley to discuss the proposals further.

For details of the FIA's proposed 2008 regulations click here.