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Formula One teams agree cost-cutting principles 09 Jan 2009

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2008 at the start.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Chinese Grand Prix, Race Day, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China, Sunday, 19 October 2008 Lucas Di Grassi (BRA) testing for Honda Racing. Formula One Testing, Day One, Barcelona, Spain, 17 November 2008.

Following a meeting of its executive committee in London on Thursday, the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) has pushed forward initiatives decided with the FIA in December and unanimously agreed to a set of measures designed to cut costs within the sport.

The teams signed a detailed aerodynamic test restriction agreement, effective from this season, established a unified policy to develop and freeze low cost transmissions for the 2010-12 seasons and reaffirmed their commitment to the supply of 5 million Euro engines to independent teams from 2010.

FOTA also confirmed that its Technical Regulations Working Group would continue to find ways to eradicate expensive materials, whilst seeking a reduction in the cost of systems which fail to bring about any noticeable performance differentiation. In addition, those present offered their continued support for Honda and agreed to any subsequent name change the Japanese outfit may require following their sale.

The FOTA statement in full:
The FOTA Executive Committee met today in Heathrow to further progress the cost reducing initiatives already developed. All the Members unanimously agreed a number of important principles and supported the process now established within FOTA.

The teams detailed and signed a comprehensive Aerodynamic Test Restrictions Agreement, effective in 2009.

Furthermore, the Teams agreed that they would develop and freeze low cost transmissions for the 2010/12 seasons which would have a six race life, priced at Euro 1.5 million per season per team.

FOTA also reaffirmed its commitment to a Euro 5 million engine supply from 2010 for independent teams, who have expressed their agreement with and support for this arrangement.

The FOTA Technical Regulations Working Group will now conclude the elimination of expensive materials and identify further opportunities to reduce the cost of components and systems which do not deliver performance differentiation. All of the Teams present wished to express their support for the entrant currently known as Honda and they will agree to any name change registered.

All of the Teams are committed to working together in a rational and systematic manner, within the framework of FOTA to effectively reduce the costs inherent to Formula One. The same approach will now be used to improve the spectacle of the sport, following the outcome of the FOTA commissioned market research.