Contrary to reports from earlier in the week that FIA President Jean Todt had confirmed that teams would be permitted to miss up to three Grands Prix without penalty during a season, the governing body has issued a media statement stressing that, in no uncertain terms, would a team’s absence from a single Grand Prix not be considered in breach of the sporting rules.

The media had previously reported concessions from F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and Todt that – with rumours still swirling as to the futures of debutants USF1 and Campos – teams could miss up to three Grands Prix, the FIA has clarified its position as follows:

"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."

I guess we’re all clear on that one!

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.