FIAT and Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has hinted that he is likely to follow Toyota Motorsport Vice-President John Howett out of the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) at the end of this year - leaving the umbrella organisation needing to re-fill its two highest positions before 2010.

Howett ceded his post as FOTA deputy chairman following the recently-announced withdrawal of Toyota from the grand prix grid with immediate effect, whilst disgraced former Renault F1 managing director Flavio Briatore was previously forced to relinquish his role as commercial director in the wake of the 'Singapore-gate' race-fixing scandal that earned the controversial Italian an effective lifetime ban from the sport, against which he is now appealing.

Should chairman di Montezemolo similarly depart, that would leave Mercedes Grand Prix (formerly Brawn GP) team principal Ross Brawn and his counterpart at McLaren-Mercedes, Martin Whitmarsh, as the sole remaining prominent members, as respectively technical chairman and sporting boss, alongside secretary-general Simone Perillo.

Meanwhile, F1SA reports that of the four - or possibly yet five, depending upon the fate of Qadbak-Sauber - F1 2010 newcomers, figures have been listed in FOTA working groups for just Campos Meta and USF1, and only the former has had its official logo added to the association's website alongside the existing members.


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