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FIA to consult teams over governance of Formula One 25 Jun 2008

FIA trucks in the paddock.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, French Grand Prix, Preparations, Magny-Cours, France, Thursday, 19 June 2008 Grid girl with FIA flag. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Turkish Grand Prix, Race, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Sunday, 11 May 2008

Following a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Paris on Wednesday, Formula One racing’s governing body, the FIA, has announced plans for a wide-ranging consultation with the teams regarding the future of the sport.

The consultation will include plans for improved efficiency, including new technical regulations for the FIA Formula One World Championship. It will also involve a review of how Formula One racing is governed.

Other developments arising from Wednesday’s meeting include the release of a provisional calendar for the 2009 Formula One season (see separate story), details of the application period for teams wishing to compete in next year’s championship and an increase in entry fees.

The FIA also announced plans to invite tenders for a new Formula One feeder series, to be launched in 2009.

Wednesday’s FIA statement in full:
The World Motor Sport Council met in Paris on 25 June 2008. The following decisions were taken:

FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

The FIA will enter into a wide-ranging consultation with the Formula One teams to examine plans for improved efficiency, including new technical regulations for the Championship. This will also involve a review of the governance of Formula One.

Applications from teams wishing to compete in the 2009 Championship must be submitted to the FIA during the period 1 to 31 July 2008 inclusive.

The team entry fee for the 2009 Championship will be €309,000 (the 2008 fee plus a three per cent increase in line with inflation). The FIA will launch a consultation with the Formula One teams for the introduction of further fees to cover improved safety systems and equipment at every Grand Prix.

The FIA will invite tenders for a new feeder series for Formula One. This championship, called Formula Two, would be launched in 2009 and used as an inexpensive platform to develop emerging driver talent for Formula One. It is hoped this can be achieved within a budget of around €200,000 a car per season.