Grand Prix World Championship
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GPWC Holdings consisted of (and GPMA originally consisted of) Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Renault, Honda and Toyota, six of F1's biggest players. The GPWC was created as a tool to assist the companies in bargaining with Bernie Ecclestone for an agreeable extension to the 1997 Concorde Agreement, the contract by whose terms the teams compete in F1.
Though the GPWC created definite plans to start a rival series in 2004, the FIA responded by openly trying to entice the breakaway teams with a one off 40 million dollar (US) incentive for their agreements, however the GPWC future was cast into doubt in mid-January 2005 when Ferrari, FIAT's F1 team, announced it had secretly come to terms with Ecclestone and signed an extension to the Concorde Agreement for a one off payment amounting to 100 million dollars (US). Ecclestone expressed his expectation that the remaining teams would shortly follow suit despite the initial 40 million dollar (US) offer being retracted. However, at around the same time Honda and Toyota showed interest in working together with GPWC.
Proposed 2010 Breakaway Series
Discussions in 2009
Following the FIA's announcement of unilateral rule changes for the 2010 season including voluntary budget limits, the FOTA teams had threatened to pull out of Formula One. On 18 June 2009, FOTA confirmed that they were to form a breakaway series starting in 2010. The teams were quoted saying "We've no alternative than to commence preparation for a new championship," following their four-hour long meeting. The FIA responded to the teams' move in a statement, saying: "We are disappointed but not surprised by FOTA's inability to reach a compromise in the best interests of the sport."
On 23 June 2009, FOTA took the threat further by leaking a provisional calendar for a breakaway series in order to counter claims by the FIA that the teams lacked the sufficient funding to organize their own tournament. The schedule included 17 races made up of some circuits that were currently hosting a Grand Prix in the 2009 Season (such as Singapore), some circuits that had not held a Grand Prix in recent years (such as Jerez), and some that have never held a F1 Grand Prix. Some circuits were ones that have been controversially removed from F1 calendars by the FIA, including Montreal having been removed from the 2009 Season. However, on 24 June 2009, FOTA reached an agreement with the FIA to continue with F1. However, on 8 July, the FOTA group of teams were informed that they were not yet officially entered for the 2010 season. On 1 August, it was announced that the FIA had signed the new Concorde Agreement, bringing an end to the crisis and securing the sport's future until 2012.
Proposed calendar for 2010
The calendar that was proposed to replace the 2010 Formula One season (which would never materialise) was as follows:
|Round||Circuit||Cirucit Location||Date||Relation to Formula One|
|1||Autódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez||Buenos Aires, Argentina||7 March||Last hosted F1 in 1998|
|2||Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez||Mexico City, Mexico||21 March||Last hosted F1 in 1992|
|3||Circuito de Jerez||Jerez, Spain||11 April||Last hosted F1 in 1997|
|4||Autódromo Internacional do Algarve||Portimão, Portugal||25 April||Has never hosted F1|
|5||Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari||Imola, Italy (to host San Marino Grand Prix)||2 May||Last hosted F1 in 2006|
|6||Circuit de Monaco||Monte Carlo, Monaco||23 May||Currently hosts F1 Monaco Grand Prix|
|7||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve||Montreal, Canada||6 June||Currently hosts F1 Canadian Grand Prix|
|8||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||Speedway, Indiana, United States||13 June||Last hosted F1 in 2007|
|9||Silverstone Circuit||Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom||11 July||Currently hosts F1 British Grand Prix|
|10||Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours||Near Magny-Cours and Nevers, France||25 July||Last hosted F1 in 2008|
|11||EuroSpeedway Lausitz||Near Klettwitz, Brandenburg, Germany||15 August||Has never hosted F1|
|12||Eläintarhan ajot||Helsinki, Finland||29 August||Has never hosted F1|
|13||Autodromo Nazionale Monza||Near Monza, Italy||12 September||Currently hosts F1 Italian Grand Prix|
|14||Yas Marina Circuit||Yas Island, near Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||26 September||Currently hosts F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (twilight race)|
|15||Marina Bay Street Circuit||Marina Bay, Singapore||10 October||Currently hosts F1 Singapore Grand Prix (night race)|
|16||Suzuka Circuit||Suzuka City, Japan||24 October||Currently hosts F1 Japanese Grand Prix|
|17||Adelaide Street Circuit or Surfers Paradise||Adelaide, Australia / Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia||7 November||Last hosted F1 in 1995 / has never hosted F1|