Teams obliged to participate in every race says FIA
After reports in the media that several of the new teams will not make it to the grid of the first Grand Prix, Formula One's governing body, the FIA, made the clarification that every team that registered for the championship is obliged to take part in every race of the season, if not they are in breach of the sport's regulations.
The FIA statement read: "Following recent reports on the interpretation of clauses in the Concorde Agreement concerning the concept of a Team's ‘participation’ in the FIA Formula One World Championship, the FIA wishes to make the following clarification:
From a sporting and regulatory point of view, each Team that has registered for the Championship is obliged to take part in every event of the season. Any failure to take part, even for just one Championship event, would constitute an infringement both of the Concorde Agreement and the FIA Regulations."