Non-members attend FOTA meeting at Suzuka

FOTAOct.8 (GMM) Political allies Ferrari and Sauber returned to a FOTA meeting on Sunday, despite no longer being official members of the F1 teams association.

With the notable exception of Red Bull and their ‘B-team’, Toro Rosso, all the F1 teams met in the Lotus hospitality area at Suzuka to talk about a budget cap, proposed higher entry fees, and a forthcoming meeting with FIA president Jean Todt in Paris.

“Only Red Bull remains isolated,” a report in Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport said, explaining that – at the 23 October meeting – Bernie Ecclestone is expected to present the final Concorde Agreement.

But a big point of discussion on Sunday was the FIA’s plan to dramatically increase official entry fees for 2013.

“Should we just swallow what is put before us by Ecclestone and Todt, or should we be able to have an influence?” Williams‘ Toto Wolff is quoted as asking rhetorically.

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  • McLarenfan

    The FIA are a joke how can they justify just upping the fees.
    In theory you are being punished for building a good car.
    If for argument sake the championship is won early next season by the Stig in a Pirelli there are 6 races left the team may well say stay out of the points as we don’t want to pay the extra fees.
    Who could blame them they have both championships.
    Oh that might bring the sport in to DISREPUTE!

  • Disgusted with 2012

    F1 is becoming a bit of a joke. Between the FIA antics, Ecclestone circus, team messes, silly season, the intrusion of expensive engine formats while running on about cost controls, etc.. it’s really starting to look silly.