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Williams lodge 2010 championship entry 25 May 2009

Kazuki Nakajima (JPN) Williams FW31.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, 3 April 2009 Adam Parr (GBR) Williams.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Fuji Speedway, Friday, 10 October 2008 Nico Rosberg (GER) Williams FW31.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Spanish Grand Prix, Practice Day, Barcelona, Spain, Friday, 8 May 2009

Williams have become the first of the current Formula One constructors to confirm they have lodged an entry for next year’s championship, despite the ongoing dispute between the teams and the FIA over the 2010 regulations.

The teams have until this Friday (May 29) to submit their entries, but several have suggested they will not do so unless the FIA modifies plans to introduce an optional £40 million budget cap in exchange for more technical freedom.

Williams insist that they are not breaking ranks with their rivals, and over the Monaco Grand Prix weekend they - along with the nine other teams - wrote to the FIA requesting further efforts to reach a compromise on next season’s rules.

"The unity of (Formula One Teams Association) FOTA is of paramount importance to Williams," Williams CEO Adam Parr told news agency Reuters.

Parr explained that Williams lodging a 2010 entry was a formality, as the team is contracted to both the FIA and Formula One Management to participate next season.

"We have been paid in full for our participation and we feel both morally and legally obliged to make it clear that we will participate in Formula One in the future as we have in the past 30 years,” he added.

In their latest letter to the FIA, the teams are understood to have requested that the existing 2009 technical rules be retained for next season, while the future framing of the Formula One regulations is considered further by all parties.

“We have asked to go back to the 2009 rules and then see what we can do together, what we can do to change them next year,” said Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali. “For sure the costs are something that all the teams are fully committed to work on, but as I said before the costs are related to the business of the teams.

“We know what we can invest, we know what we can do and I think this is something that the teams have to discuss internally and decide on their own what they can afford, to keep the value of Formula One at the standard that we know. It is something that we feel should not be imposed on us by someone else.”

The FIA is due to release details of the 2010 Formula One entry list on June 12.