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06/15/09
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FIA suspects FOTA 'element' thwarting solution UPDATE A FIA statement read: "During the meeting FOTA acknowledged that the FIA wanted to encourage the introduction of new teams in the Championship to maintain its vitality and economic viability in the long term.

"Agreement was reached on technical regulations for 2010 which offered assistance for new teams from the currently competing teams in several key areas.  It was also agreed that the objectives of FOTA and the FIA on cost reduction were now very close, and that financial experts from both sides should meet at the earliest opportunity to finalize the details.

"It was proposed by the FIA that any perceived governance and stability issues could best be eliminated by extending the 1998 Concorde Agreement until 2014, thus avoiding lengthy negotiations for a new agreement.  This was well received by those present who undertook to report the suggestion to the other FOTA members.

"The FIA believed it had participated in a very constructive meeting with a large measure of agreement.  The FIA was therefore astonished to learn that certain FOTA members not present at the meeting have falsely claimed nothing was agreed, and that the meeting had been a waste of time.

"There is clearly an element in FOTA which is determined to prevent any agreement being reached regardless of the damage this may cause to the sport.  The FIA will publish shortly a detailed and documented account of the facts in its dealings with FOTA."

06/15/09 (GMM)  F1's governing body on Monday accused "an element" of the teams' association FOTA of being "determined to prevent" a solution to the sport's political crisis.

In a press release, the FIA said it believed a meeting with key members of the formula one teams association last Thursday had resulted in "a large measure of agreement", but ultimately the row has torn on.

"The FIA was astonished to learn that certain FOTA members not present at the meeting have falsely claimed that nothing was agreed and that the meeting had been a waste of time," said the Paris body, headed by president Max Mosley.

"There is clearly an element in FOTA which is determined to prevent any agreement being reached regardless of the damage this may cause to the sport," the FIA added.

Present at the London meeting were Mosley, Ross Brawn, Ferrari's Stefano Domenicali, Red Bull's Christian Horner and Toyota's John Howett.

The FIA revealed that "agreement was reached" on technical regulations for 2010 helping new teams, because the objectives of the two warring factions are now "very close".

On the crucial issue of governance, the FIA said the 1998 Concorde Agreement should be extended until 2014 and that this offer was "well received by those present" at the meeting.

Brawn said he is hopeful that a series of meetings this week can resolve the crisis.

"If they are (resolved), then we will be happy to enter," he told the Press Association.

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