After all the talk, the speculation and the drama, the FIA published the 2010 entry list shortly after 10am today.
The key point is that the FIA has gone ahead and listed all five of the teams who signed up in 2005 as unconditionally entered into the world championship, including Ferrari, which it has placed top of the list. This is likely to provoke a strong reaction from Italy, after comments from team boss Stefano Domenicali earlier this week.
Ferrari will have little choice now but to legally challenge the validity of the contract, which means a test case in court.
Of the many new teams who made an entry only three have had it accepted, Peter Windsor’s USF1, Campos and Manor Motorsport, whom no-one has been talking about. Manor have been immenselly succesful in categories up to Formula 3 and Lewis Hamilton once drove for them in Formula Renault.
Cosworth is back on the grid, with all three of the new teams signed up for engines. There is some suggestion that USF1 are thinking about switching to a Toyota engine.
Prodrive is not there, but a note at the bottom of the list suggests that other new teams may be given an entry if negotiations with FOTA before June 19th should fail. It is also believed that there are some ‘reserve’ teams should any of the manufacturers take this opportunity to quit the sport, Toyota and Renault being the ones whose participation is still in doubt in F1 circles. The FIA world council will meet a few days later to ratify everything.
Also catching the eye is the fact that Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Brawn have no engine deal for 2010 in place at this time.