F1 » HRT in acrimonious split from FOTA


Hispania Racing (HRT) has become the first competitor to walk away from the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) - although the reason why varies depending upon who you choose to ask...

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Oli - Unregistered

January 11, 2011 12:37 PM

Could it not be that both reasons are true?

If Hispania didn't want to be in FOTA for the political reason they are quoting, why would they pay their memebership? They wouldn't and didn't!

Oli

Taz - Unregistered

January 11, 2011 12:38 PM

Hmmmm

I think the latter explaination is more plausible quite frankly although FOTA as an organisation seems to be more of a talking shop now.

Alan D - Unregistered

January 11, 2011 1:35 PM

Why does FOTA as an organisation need to charge membership fees? Since there are only 13 teams eligible for membership, its not as if they are charging a fee to keep the riff-raff out. What costs does FOTA incur? It might need to hire a room now and again for a meeting, but I'd think it more likely that one of the members would offer to host a meeting at their own offices. Remember how they often use to meet on Briatore's yacht? FOTA doesn't need to have any permanent staff and surely teams like Mclaren or Ferrari can take turns getting one of their admin staff to do the meeting organisation, photocopying etc. If they want to prepare a tech proposal for the FIA then teams would second staff to work on those joint projects. So why does it need to charge membership fees? To me, it sounds like bureaucratic thinking that has lost sight of the objective.

Rob01 - Unregistered

January 11, 2011 2:11 PM

New concorde coming up. My guess is that HRT still expects Mosley to come to the rescue and let them have budget teams. Trouble is that I don't think they bring enough money to the table to even be a budget team. Bernie must have promised them some money to start the infighting among the teams.

Val - Unregistered

January 11, 2011 8:32 PM

Colin Kolles is correct, while all the teams pay €100,000 to be in FOTA, some teams like Ferrari through the new schedule 10 of the new concorde agreement, get a $50,000,000 bung.

FOTA should treat all the teams as equals, rather than having a two tier system, where the small teams 'Should know their place'

Rob01 - Unregistered

January 11, 2011 10:02 PM

Val, now you know why HRT team jumped into F1. They want part of the concorde and on the proposed Mosley budget could have ran the team for half a year with it. Just looking for handouts. This team reminds me of the Windsor USF1 effort only they built a turd that hit the grid.

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