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Red Bull Racing and Ferrari withdraw from FOTA

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Bram, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. Bram

    Bram
    Roaring Pipes Maniacs | #27 Staff Premium Member

    Ferrari and Red Bull Racing have decided to withdraw from the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) on the back of the ongoing row over the Resource Restriction Agreement, AUTOSPORT can reveal.
    Amid ongoing debate about the future of FOTA, with teams failing to agree a way forward for the RRA after a crunch meeting at the Brazilian Grand Prix, high level sources have revealed that both Ferrari and Red Bull Racing have lodged notification that they intend to leave the organisation.
    It is understood that both teams wrote to FOTA earlier this week to inform them of their decision.

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  2. Chris Jenkins

    Chris Jenkins
    Driving til the wheels fall off

    Does this mean they can spend more on R & D now?
     
  3. At least not for 2012. As far as I know, the RRA is a legally binding agreement that is not dependent on membership in FOTA. There's also an agreement that goes until 2017, but RB is trying to pull out of it. So if the teams don't manage to make a new agreement for 2013 and onwards, chances are that they will sue RB in order to keep the RRA together :-p
     
  4. Now they've jumped the ship, I doubt the others will just take it and stay.

    This "gentlemen" and "we-trust-each-other" agreement was bound to fail, if there are no controls to make the teams play to the rules.
     
  5. Xosé Estrada

    Xosé Estrada
    Premium Member

    Indeed, you can't make an agreement between Sharks.