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FIA issues statement regarding Caterham and Marussia's absence at Austin

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30/10/2014

Ahead of the United States Grand Prix weekend, the FIA has issued a brief statement regarding the absence of Caterham and Marussia at COTA.

It reads:

The FIA has been informed of the financial difficulties of the Caterham F1 and Marussia F1 teams and of the considerable uncertainty surrounding their participation in the final races of the 2014 championship.

It is the responsibility of the FIA Stewards to determine whether or not a team has failed to fulfil its regulatory obligation to take part in all events on the calendar and to take whatever action they deem appropriate. However, we have every confidence that the Stewards are fully aware of the financial situation of the teams concerned and these matters are always assessed with extreme care and due regard for the circumstances involved.

Looking beyond the end of the 2014 season, these failings once again acutely raise the question of the economic balance of the FIA Formula One Championship and justify the position, expressed many times by the FIA, in favour of any initiative that will help reduce costs in order to ensure the survival of the existing grid or attract potential new entrants.

As such, the FIA, in close cooperation with FOM and the different stakeholders in F1, will continue to work towards maintaining the attraction of the championship and the equitable participation of the teams in it in the years to come.

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1. Posted by MrShadow, 31/10/2014 13:17

"You could always change the product by stop listening to the dinosaurs."

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2. Posted by Hondawho?, 31/10/2014 11:29

"You could always suggest that the FIA make the cars sound like cars not bullfrogs with sore throats! Take away the running of the operation (FIM) from the French would also be a good start. F1 motor racing as we know it is over, Mr E has done a great job, and has been well paid. He deserves everything he has achieved and without doubt he was at the right place at the right time but its over. Sport and sports backers will be I am sure be now looking for something that advertsises within and brings to the masses the medium that once was F1. Have I watched it this year? yes of course, but not as much as I did, and even then only because I think the Sky team are brilliant."

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3. Posted by The stogie, 31/10/2014 1:42

"I'm sure that the reduced number of cars will reduce the sanction fee in Austin!! What's that Bernie? Oh, I guess not."

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4. Posted by ratchet69, 30/10/2014 23:26

"I think the men in blazers should fine both teams $100,000,000 each. Think of how much extra 'Bolly' that would buy for the top table at the end of season p*ss up in Monaco."

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5. Posted by TheBucketOfTruth, 30/10/2014 19:20

"Maybe if the entrant selection process hadn't been so politically skewed in the first place, you might have still viable teams in place. David Richards is probably having a laugh right now."

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