“The initial signs coming out from the FIA and FOM are very attractive and represent the basis for a real revolution in the sport.”
“Assuming that the new rules are commercially viable and there is the potential to be fully competitive, then we are ready to press the go button.”
Richards also revealed that they are in talks with Cosworth as well as with one current F1 engine supplier about possible engine deal.
The letter from Max Mosley to teams (as revelead by Autosport yesterday) suggests that FIA plans to grant three new teams a place on the 2010 grid. That would mean increasing the maximum number of cars to 26 (from current limit 24). Autosport article also claims that as many as 8 different parties planning a move to F1 are in talks with Cosworth.
FIA will need to make the decisions about new entries soon to give the teams enough time to build new cars for 2010 season. I think we can expect that rather quickly once the new F1 sporting and technical regulations are ratified (expected at the next FIA World Council meeting on April 29).
The existing teams apparently have now their last chance to give FIA feedback on the new regulations including their ideas on the proposed budget cap.