The FIA has told Formula 1's new teams they will be in breach of the sport's regulations if they miss any events this season.
After yesterday's revelation by FIA President Jean Todt that the revised Concorde Agreement allows teams to miss up to three races before being deemed to have failed to officially participate, the FIA issued a clarification on Wednesday, suggesting that absence from races would not go without penalty.
The FIA stated: "Following recent reports on the interpretation of clauses in the Concorde Agreement concerning the concept of a team's 'participation' in the FIA Formula 1 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."
The discussion about teams missing three races comes amid continued doubts about the chances of new squads Team US F1 and Campos Meta making the first race of the season. Although both insist they remain on course in their efforts to make the Bahrain Grand Prix, they have faced financial difficulties in recent weeks that have not helped their respective causes.
The uncertainty surrounding these teams comes at a time when Serbian hopeful Stefan GP is pushing for an entry onto the grid, claiming it has the machinery and finances to compete from the first race of 2010.