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FOTA to help save BMW Sauber

The Formula One Teams' Association says it will do it all it can to try and keep the BMW Sauber team in F1, despite BMW's announcement this morning that it is to quit the sport.

FOTA took a similar stance late last year when Honda announced it was to leave F1, with the Brackley-based team eventually being saved by a deal which saw team principal Ross Brawn take control.

With BMW's decision to exit F1 having only been taken following a board meeting yesterday, doubts remain over the future of the team – which could be closed down or sold on to a new buyer – and FOTA said it had already started talks focused on allowing the team to continue.

“With regard to the announcement made today by BMW, FOTA Teams have immediately consulted each other and are ready to assure all the necessary support to the Swiss-based team, whose membership in the association is confirmed, to continue its involvement in the F1 Sport,” a statement read.

“It is worth to mention that a professional work has already begun within FOTA, aimed at increasing the involvement of the fans and at improving the F1 show. Among those initiatives, one that could be interesting is the introduction of a third car on the grid. FOTA will seek the opinions of all the most relevant stakeholders in order to exchange ideas and define proposals for the future of Formula One.

“FOTA Teams now wish to have the necessary certainty and stability within Formula One in order to focus on those fundamental priorities for the future.”


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Alan D - Unregistered

July 29, 2009 1:56 PM

Once again it is FOTA, not Max, that starts looking for ways to help an ailing team. If Max hadn't been so pig-headed about changing all the regs then the teams would have signed up for 2010 months ago and BMW would have been committed for another year at least. Last year's BMW was competitive and it is this years expensive rule changes that have pushed it down the grid. F1 needs stability, and Max wanting to bring in reg changes every year and gimmicks like movable wings isn't helping.

FreddyFreeloader - Unregistered

July 29, 2009 4:12 PM

It is the FIA's fault. 100%. It has nothing to do with an under performing racecar. Why would anyone enter F1 in this ecomomic climate when the governing body has no mandate, no credability, inconsistant rules made up on the fly and ego's totally out of control. Why would any company commit multi-millions to an environment like that? Renault and Toyota will be watching this very carefully



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