F1 » Whitmarsh: FOTA must keep issues inside the room

Whilst insisting there is no finger-pointing or witch-hunt against Red Bull Racing within the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) regarding overspending accusations, Martin Whitmarsh urges for the talking to be kept behind closed doors

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Val - Unregistered

January 27, 2011 11:32 AM

FOTA's resource restriction is damaging the sport, so is the new schedule 10 agreement that gives the rich teams even more money.

And FOTA's reluctance to release the full results of the fan survey, shows how secretive they are, no wonder they want to keep discussions behind closed doors, like the discussion to reduce races by 30 minutes.


January 27, 2011 12:18 PM

Val, you wrong. If FOTA didn't impose the resource restrictions on themselves then Max would have made it a budget series with a 40M cap. FOTA is to make the rules and NOT FIA. It may take some on this board a while to understand what is actually going on.

Alan D - Unregistered

January 27, 2011 1:22 PM

Mr Cynical, the Red Bull overspend could be a good example of why they should do things behind closed doors. It became known that Red Bull intended to ask for an exception to be made to the RRA. We didn't know why. It could have been, for example, that they took on some young apprentices as part of a community education initiative and only afterwards realised that this took them over some RRA limit.

There are probably lots of situations where exceptions would have been happily written into the RRA if they'd been thought about in advance. But because the news leaked out, the press, the experts they wheel out and the armchair critics turned this into a scandal without any information to back it up. Now its likely to be a confrontational meeting instead of a constructive one.

Rob01 - Unregistered

January 27, 2011 2:00 PM

Max alone said Red Bull went over the RRA. He derived that theory all on his own. FOTA behind closed doors without FIA is the best way to move forward. Max is just stirring the crap like old times. Don't be fooled by the wolf.


January 27, 2011 3:22 PM

whitmarsh "Whilst insisting there is no finger-pointing or witch-hunt against Red Bull ..." well, maybe not the responsibility of fota, but he certainly seemed to have a thing about the bulls last year, repeatedly mumbling about their illegality, without lodging an official complaint. maybe that should also have been kept behind closed doors. whitmarsh seems to be a bit paranoid about red bull.

Rob01 - Unregistered

January 27, 2011 8:05 PM

No more complaints Richard. Mcl have figured it out and will be happy to keep the secret concealed. And since when has there been a year that someone has NOT complained. You and Sunny always worrying about what McL is up to. And you left out the fact that Ross Brawn was part of the witch hunt. Always McL bashing.

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