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Confusion remains over 2006 regulations

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19/06/2004

Although Max Mosley is hoping to introduce a raft of new regulations in time for the 2006 season, team bosses appear to be completely in the dark as to what's happening.

"Nothing has been agreed," said Eddie Jordan. "There was a meeting in Monaco where Max told us the things he would like to see. Some were possible and he looked for an answer back from the teams, we've done that, we did that almost immediately.

"So the position of Jordan is, clear on certain aspects, while there were some things that he said that were not negotiable but we'll have to wait and see what the agenda's like when we receive it."

"I certainly don't think anything's been agreed," added Paul Stoddart. "The Monaco meeting was simply a fact-finding mission. Perhaps it was played up a little bit more than that after the meeting, but I certainly don't feel we went away from there agreeing anything.

"What worries me a little bit is we haven't seen an agenda, or I certainly haven't seen an agenda, for Monday week's meeting, and since it is so important I would have liked to have seen one by now. But we've got to try to contain the costs and teams like Eddie and I are very interested to see just where this goes."

"I'm not under the impression that the regulations have been agreed," said Jaguar's Tony Purnell, "far from it.

"It's a fact-finding exercise at the moment. From our point of view, we're just hoping that moves to contain the expense of Formula One and get it back into something that meets the sort of market forces will be achieved. I think that's the mood of everybody. I hope we're successful in finding that formula."

"The fact is that it was a constructive meeting that took place in Monaco to discuss changes," said Ron Dennis. "It wasn't just a cost-driven discussion, we are very keen to improve the spectacle of Grand Prix racing. There are other issues - the number of races, technical and commercial issues - that were discussed. But the format both there and in future meetings shouldn't be a public format.

"There are no regulations that are going to change in 2006 unless it's by way of unanimous agreement between the parties that are signatories to the Concorde Agreement. That means the teams, the governing body and the commercial rights holder. It's a simple fact and, for once, I think we are in harmony, as teams. We want to make things better, we want to make it a better spectacle, we want to reduce costs and we are all committed to that. But it's never achieved in a public forum."

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