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2011-12-09 07:42

FOTA COLLAPSE: The Formula One Teams' Association is on the verge of collapse with Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull and now Sauber exiting.

Alan Baldwin

LONDON, England - Yet another team is to follow Ferrari and Red Bull out of the Formula One Teams' Association - and a fifth is possible..

Sauber has announced that it will follow Ferrari and current champion team Red Bull out of the association, widening the split over cost-cutting measures in the sport.


The team said: "Last week the Sauber F1 Team declared its departure from Fota. We have explained the reasons to Fota."

Glamour team Ferrari, which provides Sauber with engines, and Red Bull announced last week that they had given notice of withdrawal. The Hispania Racing Team quit in January 2011.

The exodus will leave Fota, created to represent a united front in negotiations with commercial rights' owner Bernie Ecclestone and the governing International Motoring Federation, with only eight of 12 teams as members - perhaps only seven because Toro Rosso, which also uses Ferrari engines, is owned by Red Bull.

Its representatives did not attend a Fota meeting in London last week and had no comment on their status within the organisation. 

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