A day before the deadline for 2010 F1 entry submissions FOTA came up with their own plan how to assist new teams to enter F1. The new entrants would receive technical assistance from the established teams in order to be able to compete on a credible level with the much better funded teams. However, contrary to rumours circulated yesterday it seems that the new FOTA proposal still does not allow customer cars in F1. The technical partnerships would only assist new teams with some parts (especially the non-performance differentiators) and some design know-how.
When it comes to the budget cap FOTA continues to push for the glide path. Their proposal is £100 million (or EUR100 million, depending on source) limit on spending in 2010, and then down to £40 million (or EUR45 million, again depending on sources) in 2011.
The Times Online names Norbert Haug of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport as the man behind this compromise plan. The same article also suggests that Max Mosley reacted positively to this Haug’s plan because, “although the budget cap will be much higher than he envisaged next season, the Mercedes plan offers what one source close to him called “clarity and certainty” over the future of the sport and a much tighter budgetary environment from 2011“.
Nothing has been officially agreed on yet but it probably will not take too long before we hear from FIA too. The deadline for 2010 entries is now less than 48 hours away.