FIA announce March deadline for 2008 entry 22 Mar 2006
Teams wishing to compete in the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship must lodge their entries by the end of this month, the FIA announced on Wednesday. The news followed a meeting of the governing bodys World Motor Sport Council in Paris at which the 2008 Sporting Regulations were accepted.
Those regulations will be published in full on March 23, 2006, after which teams have just one week to commit for 2008 ahead of the March 31 deadline. The entry list will be then be published just under a month later on April 28.
According to the FIA, the 2008 Sporting Regulations have three objectives:
to reduce the cost of competing;
to improve the sporting spectacle; and
to maintain and, where possible, improve current safety standards.
Following the entry deadline, the FIA will begin a series of meetings with the teams which enter in order to finalise the regulations for 2008. The regulations which affect the design of the cars must be finalised before 30 June 2006 to give the competing teams sufficient time to design and develop their 2008 cars. The regulations not affecting the design of the cars can be modified at any point up to the start of the 2008 season.
Modifications to the regulations will first require a majority vote of a new Sporting Working Group (SWG), which will consist of a senior representative from each team. Changes then must be ratified by the Formula One Commission and the World Motor Sport Council.