In 1995, the FIA decided to transfer the commercial rights from Formula 1 to the Formula 1 administration for 14 years. In exchange, Ecclestone would make an annual payment. McLaren, Williams and Tyrrell protested by rejecting the proposed Concorde Agreement (negotiations for which it began in 1993). Ken Tyrrell, in particular, was outraged that Ecclestone, as president of OFZL, negotiated the transfer of the organization`s rights to his own company. Tyrrell also objected to the agreement`s endorsement being kept secret and argued that the secrecy of the agreement would only benefit Ecclestone (by weakening the bargaining power of the other parties). The sport has been governed since 1981 as part of successive agreements. The teams, the organisers of the FIA and F1 keep the contents of the agreements secret. On August 18, 2020, Ferrari, McLaren and Williams announced that they had signed the new Concorde contract, while the following day, Formula 1 announced that the other teams had also signed the contract.  The new agreement, which was the first to be concluded under the new owner Liberty Media, is valid for seasons 2021 to 2025 and will come into effect on January 1, 2021. Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri said the new agreement was an important step in ensuring Formula 1`s “stability and growth” and highlighted Ferrari`s role in the championship`s success throughout its history. It`s premature. The deadline for the signing of the new agreement by the teams will be August 18 with a fixed deadline until the end of the month. The Concorde agreement is a contract between the International Automobile Federation (FIA), the Formula 1 teams and the Formula 1 group, which imposes the conditions under which the teams participate in the races and the sharing of television revenues and price.
There were indeed eight separate agreements, all top secret: the first in 1981, the other in 1987, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2009, 2013 and the current agreement for 2021. However, the secret was broken by the famous race journalist Forrest Bond when the publication of the 120 page 1997 Concorde Agreement by RaceFax in late 2005.  The terms of the contract remain largely confidential, although the known provisions required the signatory teams to show up and show up at each race and guaranteed their right to do so in order to assure the newly acquired television audience of the sport that they would have a race to watch. In addition, perhaps most importantly, the agreement grants ECA the right to televise Formula 1 races – this right has been “leased” to Formula 1 Promotions and Administration, a company founded and owned by Bernie Ecclestone. Another important element was the stability of the rules, which is described as protecting teams from “the whims of the governing body”.  However, at the Spanish GP last week, Wolff said that “most of the clarifications we wanted to get have been discussed” and that they are now ready to sign the agreement themselves. On July 29, 2008, the ten participating teams created the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) to negotiate the terms of the contract. After a dispute between FOTA and the FIA in the first half of 2009, Mosley and all the teams signed a new Concorde contract, although Sauber, who was the majority owner of BMW in transition, had announced shortly before his retirement from the sport at the end of the season, so was waiting for a control of the team to be returned to Peter Sauber before signing. The new agreement provides for the continuation of the terms of the 1998 agreement and will continue until 31 December 2012. At the same FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting, a resource limitation programme was also approved, as well as a series of revised sports and technical rules for the 2010 season. Meanwhile, Ferrari announced on Tuesday afternoon that it had signed the new contract.