FIA set out to clarify the regulations concerning missing the races. Here is the statement published today:
PARTICIPATION IN EVENTS COUNTING TOWARDS THE FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Following recent reports on the interpretation of clauses in the Concorde Agreement concerning the concept of a Team’s ‘participation’ in the FIA Formula One World Championship, the FIA wishes to make the following clarification:
From a sporting and regulatory point of view, each Team that has registered for the Championship is obliged to take part in every event of the season. Any failure to take part, even for just one Championship event, would constitute an infringement both of the Concorde Agreement and the FIA Regulations.
This seems to contradict what FIA president Jean Todt is said to have said to Gazetta dello Sport earlier this week:
“In the final version of the Concorde Agreement it’s written that a team may be absent for three races. But if a team can’t go on, it’s not a given that another team comes in. It’s up to the FIA to decide who has the requisites.”
So, this seems to mean that while there may be some provisions for teams to remain in the championship even if they miss up to three races at the same time any team that fails to show up even once must expect some sort of penalty …