INTRODUCTION: Rival Formula One Grand Prix motor racing groups have solved their different and agreed on a charter for the world championships.
GV Crillon Hotel, Paris
CU FISA President Jean-Marie Balestre speaking
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Rival Formula One Grand Prix motor racing groups have solved their different and agreed on a charter for the world championships. Leading officials of the International Motor Sport Federation (FISA) met representative of the Formula One Constructors' Association (FOCA) in Paris on Wednesday night (4 March). In a joint statement, the two groups agreed on a stable policy for the Formula One World championship.
SYNOPSIS: At the Crillon Hotel on Thursday morning (5 March), FISA President Jean-Marie Balestre explained the new agreement.
Mr. Balestre led FISA in the negotiations, which have been going on since January, Wednesday night's agreement has finally solved the power struggle for control of the multi-million-dollar business of grand prix racing. The agreement is based on a 98-page document put forward by the constructors, listing compromise proposals to solve disagreements over the championship calendar and membership of the FISA Executive, the sport's ruling body.
Mr. Balestre did not reveal any specific details of the agreement. The working sessions, however, were described as friendly and constructive and the communique added that the only winner in this affair was international motor sport. The statement said that all manufacturers were sending their cars to Los Angeles in preparation for the United States (West) Grand Prix at Long Beach on March 15. As last month's South African Grand Prix was held illegally, the race at Long Beach will count as the curtain-raiser to the 1981 world championship season.
The same day as the Paris announcement, Marlboro unveiled their new car at Silverstone in Britain. It will make its racing debut at Long Beach. The MP-4 will be driven by John Watson and Andrea de Cesaris. The new car uses carbon fibre sections for the body, saving weight and increasing strength and stiffness. The MP-4 is designed without skirts to meet the new regulations. Whether or not to allow skirts on car chassis was one of the arguments in the FISA-FOCA dispute. The question was whether skirts would improve safety, or -- as some drivers claimed -- skirts would be a safety hazard. The regulations for the 1981 season have ruled that skirts are illegal.