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.”