Williams have been suspended from F1 teams' association afte

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    Williams have been suspended from F1 teams' association after breaking pact not to enter 2010

    Post by Ross on 28th May 2009, 06:25

    FOTA suspend Williams for 2010 entry

    Williams has been suspended from membership of the Formula One Teams’ Association following its decision to break ranks with the organisation by submitting its entry for the 2010 world championship last Monday.

    With Friday’s deadline for 2010 entries looming large, FOTA is meeting in London today (Wednesday) to discuss its next move in the continuing dispute with the FIA over the sport’s rules and governance.

    Williams insisted when it submitted its 2010 application that it remained committed to FOTA and considered the unity of the teams’ body to be “of paramount importance”.

    But the Grove squad revealed today that its decision to act unilaterally has prompted FOTA to “temporarily suspend” it from the organisation.

    Frank Williams said he understood FOTA’s reaction but that the nature of his team and contractual obligations meant Williams had to guarantee that it would be on the 2010 grid.

    “FOTA’s decision, although regrettable, is understandable,” said Williams.

    “However, as a racing team and a company whose only business is Formula 1, with obligations to our partners and our employees, submitting our entry to next year’s championship was unquestionable.

    “In addition, we are legally obliged under our contract with FOM and the FIA to participate in the world championship until the end of 2012.”

    Source: itv.com/f1

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