It just goes to show you don’t want to %&$# off the people who run the show!

The FIA World Motor Sport Council held a meeting at the Sakhir circuit, and have quickly moved to separate its prosecution and judgement functions in its disciplinary hearings, and USF1 could be the first cab off the rank to face sanctions under this new system for its abandonment of the 2010 season.

Under the rule of the new FIA President Jean Jodt, the FIA has pledged greater transparency in its processes. In the past, the FIA came under fire for the punishments it meted out, and former President Max Mosely, in particular, came under the most attack – many felt he held too much power in the entire process, and was often the judge, juror and executioner rolled into one.

With regards to the failure of USF1 to participate in the 2010 championship, the FIA issued a vaguely worded statement, saying it has “"mandated the FIA president, in full compliance with the new code of practice for disciplinary matters, to take forward the most appropriate action."

The FIA also confirmed that it would re-open its application and selection processes to find a 13th entry plus a reserve entry for the 2011 season.

USF1 has already offered a considerable bribe surety bond to the FIA to defer its entry until the 2011 season.

Theoretically, USF1 could be selected for the 2011 campaign, but given the wording of the statement and how much upheaval their non-participation caused, that would seem highly unlikely.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.

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