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Formula 1: Teams divided ahead of key 2021 talks

SUZUKA, Japan: Formula One teams will seek to overcome their divisions at a meeting in Paris on Wednesday that represents a last chance to find agreement on a 2021 rules overhaul before an end-October deadline.

The package of financial, technical and sporting changes aimed at levelling the playing field, improving racing and cutting costs has to be formalised by Oct 31.

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There remain plenty of obstacles, especially with regard to the technical regulations, for the 10 teams and other stakeholders to resolve.

"I think there are still a lot of open points and discussions are still ongoing," said Ferrari principal Mattia Binotto, whose team are the sport's oldest and most successful.

"How will be the conclusion of all these discussions, it is very difficult to say at the moment," added the Italian, speaking to reporters at last weekends Japanese Grand Prix.

The BBC reported last week that six teams were opposed to the current package of technical changes, put forward by a group of engineers assembled by Ross Brawn.

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The former Ferrari technical director, and ex-Mercedes team boss, was appointed Formula Ones managing director for sport by US-based commercial rights holders Liberty Media when they took over in 2017.

The BBC said the teams stated their positions in a questionnaire circulated by big three Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

The proposed rules call for changes that allow drivers to follow more closely without losing grip due to the turbulent air thrown up by the car in front. The aim is to create better racing.

The use of standardised parts to cut costs and other measures to reduce the competitive gap between teams have also been discussed, but there are concerns that the rules are too restrictive.

Some fear cars could be significantly slower than at present and look identical.

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