> If anyone has a good explanation why the Arrows team call's its cars
> "Footwork" please post! Yes, I know Footwork used to be a sponsor, but
> Footwork money is long-gone, is it not?
> My only guess is Footwork bought a multi-year deal to have the cars named
> after the company. But if you believe that, it is a bit confusing,
> because just a few years ago a team tried to compete with a chassis
> different from the team name and the FISA pulled its championship points
> immediately following the season! The team? I believe it was "BMS" which
> tried to pass its name off as "BMS Lola" but the FIA didn't buy it and
> considered the chassis a Lola (which it was) and purchased by BMS. (talk
> about side-tracked....)
It is mainly to do with FOCA money. If the team renames itself (Footwork to
Arrows in this case), that isn't too much of a problem. The FOCA rights,
however, belong to the constructor. With the FOCA rights come travel payments.
If the manufacturer changes name then it is deemed to be a different
constructor, and so the manufacturer loses the FOCA rights. This was
introduced about 2 years back to stop "new" teams buying up failing teams
to get the travel money, and the avoid paying a deposit to be lodged with
The story of Footwork, however, goes back a few years. The Footwork
Corporation bought a lease on the team, and the right to name it, for 5 years.
They also renamed the chassis as a Footwork. This happened long before the
current rules. This expired before the start of last season, and the team
renamed itself Arrows, but the FIA wouldn't let the chassis be renamed as
a Arrows unless the team gave up the FOCA rights. Rather a naff decision
by the FIA, but rules are rules.
Stephen M Baines
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