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Whitmarsh has had it with Fota

2012-08-10 08:34

Martin Whitmarsh has flagged his intention to step down as president of the Formula One Teams Association.

The union was created in the heat of the Max Mosley political war in 2008 with McLaren's Whitmarsh then taking over from Fota's first chairman, Luca di Montezemolo of Ferrari, at the end of 2009.

'WOULD BE GOOD'

Since then the group has fractured with Ferrari, Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Sauber and HRT no longer listed as members.

And in a report by Wheels24 F1 specialist Dieter Rencken and Mario Fritzsche on the German website motorsport-total.com, Whitmarsh announced it "would be good if, after three years, someone else takes over the role" now.

He said it would be up to the Fota members to elect a new chairman; the association's website lists Eric Boullier of Lotus as the current vice-chairman.

The motoring news media are punting Ross Brawn is another candidate and Whitmarsh is reported to have said "I will support either".

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