F1 » Ferrari, Red Bull to quit FOTA

Leading teams to call time - and trouble - on FOTA following RRA row.

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cobalt - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 3:39 PM

So what happens if two teams quit FOTA? How the decisions are going to be made? The teams can't just turn up for the races and do their own thing. Or could they?


December 02, 2011 4:00 PM

it is interesting. the two teams that most posters claim are breaching the rra, are the two teams that have resigned from fota, due to others NOT agreeing to a rra! but i cannot understand why the backmarker teams are also not resigning, as it is in their interest to have an rra. where does this leave mclaren, merc etc? if they dont want an rra, are they overspending?
perhaps the picture will become clearer later on.


December 02, 2011 4:19 PM
Last Edited 1616 days ago


Ross Brawn was keen on the RRA as Merc want to limit their spending in F1, not sure what they'll make of this.

Martin Witmarsh hasn't done a great of running the team, it's noticeable that since Ron Dennis has appeared more that things have improved, now FOTA is falling to bits.


December 02, 2011 4:23 PM

Perhaps I'm being unnecessarily cynical, but it seems to me that Red Bull and Ferrari are the teams whose pockets are the biggest and would like to spend their way to the top, whatever Ferrari may say to cover it up. I agree about testing, though I don't see the relevance. Are Ferrari and Red Bull really saying they don't have common cause with the other teams any more?

Bystander - Unregistered

December 02, 2011 5:30 PM

Could be a cynical case of "I'm taking away my ball so you can't play any more" ... OR ... it could be maturely stepping away from something that wasn't working and would never be resolved.

I think we need to wait and see the fall out before judging.

Speaking of fall out... what does happen now?!


December 02, 2011 5:46 PM

Ferrari (historicaly one of the big spenders in F1) want a tougher and expanded RRA because the want to tighten team budgets (things are quite tough economicaly in Italy at the moment), they especially want less spent on aero, which ironically is one of the areas where the have struggled to keep up with the competition in recent years.

Red Bull on the other hand who have been accused by some of the other teams of spending way beyond the RRA are totally oposed to any cut back in aero development or in any other area, no surprise there either then!

So we have two teams who are diametrically opposed on RRA quiting FOTA, crickey it's not 7 days since the end of the season yet and allready team principals are bored and want a spat to keep themselves entertained over the winter!!!!

If the RRA disappears in a cloud of dollars being thrown at their cars by some of the wealthier teams with budgets going through the roof we could see 4 or 5 teams dissappear in the next 2 years

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