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Sauber quits FOTA

Sauber joins Ferrari and Red Bull by leaving the FOTA, Toro Rosso's position also uncertain.
Sauber has left the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA), it has been confirmed.

The news follows the decision by Ferrari and Red Bull to also quit the body last week [see separate story - click here].

"The Sauber F1 Team has declared its departure from the Formula One Teams' Association FOTA. We have explained the reasons for the decision to FOTA," the Swiss-based team said in a statement published by Reuters.

No further explanation has been given, with the team adding that it preferred to keep its reasons private.

Meanwhile, Toro Rosso's position, Red Bull's sister team, which incidentally uses Ferrari engines, is also unknown.

Toro Rosso missed the FOTA meeting in London last week, but the squad has yet to officially confirm its position.

If Toro Rosso has also quit, FOTA will now be made up of just seven of the twelve teams, as HRT left in January.

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27.11.2011- Race, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), Sauber F1 Team C30 and Sergio PŽrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C30
26.11.2011- Qualifying, Sergio PŽrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C30
26.11.2011- Saturday Practice, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), Sauber F1 Team C30
25.11.2011- Friday Practice 2, Sergio PŽrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C30
09.09.2011- Press conference, Peter Sauber (SUI), Sauber F1 Team, Team Principal

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cknopp - Unregistered

December 08, 2011 2:31 PM

Too bad FOTA didnt dissolve before destroying the most interesting set of regulations that have ever been passed by the FIA (40M Euros, anything goes). I sincerely hope now that this political union with its extorting 'break away' mentality is finally broken down that we can get back to the true innovation and invention. Where is the proposal of 100M Euro/anything goes? Because that would be PERFECT for the 2014 season!

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