F1 » Whitmarsh elected new FOTA chairman

McLaren-Mercedes team principal Martin Whitmarsh has officially been announced as the new chairman of the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA), replacing Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo in the role

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January 19, 2010 5:57 PM

Ross Brawn will remain chairman of the Technical Regulations Working Group. This is the crazy part. Ross took a diffuser which he knew was against the spirit of the rules. To say the least. And he heads that group.

F1 Novice

January 19, 2010 6:29 PM
Last Edited 75 days ago

Against the spirit but within the letter - so fair play to them especially as the issue was raised by Ross Brawn to the other teams but they took not notice - F1 is cut throatly competitive and should remain that way.

Whitmarsh's first job should be to appoint an independent "Loophole Tsar" to monitor things like that stop it happening again in the future.

andrew mac

January 19, 2010 6:30 PM

Oh dear. I would rather it was someone like Frank Williams or Christian Horner. Personally, there is something about Whitmarsh that makes him seem a bit untrustworthy. Just my own personnal opinon.

andrew mac

January 19, 2010 6:57 PM
Last Edited 2298 days ago

I think it was how he handled the far5e in Australia that put me right off. This year will show just how good a team manager he is as he has two drivers with WDC status.

Realfan 10 - Unregistered

January 19, 2010 8:57 PM

I hope FOTA decisions do not have to be unanimous, as several teams will bale out as soon as decisons become difficult. Quite why they were allowed back in defies logic. They want FOTA to fight for some of the revenue but when it becomes difficult they cower away.
I hope Martin Whitmarsh is strong enough for the job.. only time will tell.

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