Ferrari this morning looked set on course for a head-on collision with the FIA after the sport’s governing body listed the famous Italian team as an unconditional entry for the 2010 World Championship despite being advised that the Maranello outfit was only entering on a conditional basis pending a resolution of ongoing disputes over the future regulations.
In a very direct and unambiguous statement, Ferrari made it clear that they have “no intention” of taking part in next year’s world championship until their conditions were met. The statement added; “Following the publication of a list which shows Ferrari as an unconditional entrant, Ferrari wishes to state the following. Ferrari submitted on 29 May 2009 an entry to the 2010 F1 world championship which is subject to certain conditions. As of today those conditions have not been met.
“For the avoidance of any doubt, Ferrari reaffirm that it shall not take part in the 2010 FIA world championship under the regulations adopted by the FIA in violation of Ferrari’s rights under a written agreement with the FIA.”
The FIA posted a list of entries which included Ferrari, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Red Bull, Williams, Force India and newcomers Campos, Manor Motorsport and Team US F1, all of which are scheduled at the moment to use Cosworth engines. Prodrive was disappointed not to be selected as a potential entry.