Date:Thursday October 20 2011
The very future of the Formula One Teams Association [FOTA] could be put into question over the next few weeks.
Some would argue that it's a miracle that an alliance between all the teams in Formula One [excluding HRT] has lasted this long anyway, but over the next month it could all come to an end.
Various Formula One teams are at odds with one another over certain regulations, which is no surprise and is far from unusual. But with the teams set for talks ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, many in the media wonder if the latest episode will be the straw that broke the camels back.
One of the key items on that agenda will be the Resource Restriction Agreement [RRA] which has seen some teams question how strict teams have been implementing the agreement.
The RRA is crucial to the idea that Formula One teams are cutting costs, basically giving teams a budget to work towards over the course of a F1 season.
If teams are not sticking to this agreement and are spending more than other teams, they undoubtedly will gain a performance boost, which would be against the spirit of competition.
That question is now being asked and the teams have fallen into an area of mistrust with each other.
'What we have said about RRA is that I think we are in a situation where we take a certain direction, or we recognise that there is an element of mistrust between teams that is not good.
'So what we have discussed is to go to Abu Dhabi to make sure that a solution, a final solution, has to be taken. Ferrari Team principal Stefano Domenicali told Autosport Magazine.
He continued: 'On top of that, what we said is really if this [mistrust] will come out of FOTA activity then what is FOTA all about? We know the reason why FOTA started, and now we need to understand if FOTA is still needed. What are the objectives of the future of FOTA, if there is a future for FOTA?
Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner also holds the same stance, with the back-to-back Formula One constructors world champions leader backing the same view as their rivals Ferrari.
'I think that FOTA has reached the crossroads where it needs to deal with some of the key issues moving forward or we'll stop. It's as simple as that, The principal issues are obviously the Concorde Agreement, the direction that goes in, and fundamentally the RRA. If we can't find agreement within FOTA on that, then what is the purpose of FOTA?' he told reuters.
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh of course pulls double duty in regards to FOTA, as he has also acted as the chairman for the association over the past couple of years.
He believes FOTA has done a lot of good for Formula One over the last few seasons and would like to see that continue.
'We are an association that generally required unanimity to go forward on lots of these strategic issues and we are a sport full of egos, personalities, competitiveness and paranoia, but so far what has been achieved is fantastic.
'We have genuinely bought costs down for the big teams, we have arrested a number of things - things like DRS came out of FOTA, and things like Fans' Forums, but you can never do enough. F1 doesn't do enough for the fans, it doesn't do enough to promote itself, but FOTA has contributed. he also told Autosport Magazine.
However he also realises that if the teams no longer see the need for the organisation then FOTA's time could be up.
He concluded: 'There are people around who don't want FOTA to be here I am sure, and ultimately the people that count are the teams. So if the teams reach a decision that, for the time being, we don't need it, then great. We will go and do something different.'
Date:Thursday October 20 2011
Red Bull Racing to take advantage of Merc turmoil? (Friday December 9 2016)
Straight fight - Wehrlein or Bottas for Merc? (Thursday December 8 2016)
Vettel's future is clear (Wednesday December 7 2016)
Wolff rules out big name driver for Mercedes (Tuesday December 6 2016)
Lauda annoyed by Rosberg retirement (Tuesday December 6 2016)
Button philosophical following race retirement (Monday December 5 2016)
What next for Mercedes? (Friday December 2 2016)
Rosberg retires from F1 (Friday December 2 2016)
New contract for Italian Grand Prix (Friday December 2 2016)
Hamilton blames Mercedes for lost title (Thursday December 1 2016)
Hamilton receives team boss backing (Wednesday November 30 2016)
What did Merc think of Hamilton's 'dirty tactics' (Tuesday November 29 2016)
Hamilton's dirty tactics? (Tuesday November 29 2016)
Blog: Abu Dhabi GP Report (Monday November 28 2016)
AND NEW Formula One World Champion - Nico Rosberg (Sunday November 27 2016)
2016 Abu Dhabi GP - Race (Sunday November 27 2016)
Blog: Abu Dhabi Qualifying (Saturday November 26 2016)
2016 Abu Dhabi GP - Qualifying (Saturday November 26 2016)
2016 Abu Dhabi GP - FP3 (Saturday November 26 2016)
2016 Abu Dhabi GP - FP2 (Friday November 25 2016)
2016 Abu Dhabi GP - FP1 (Friday November 25 2016)
Blog: Abu Dhabi Preview (Friday November 25 2016)
Vettel needs to learn (Thursday November 24 2016)
Hamilton plays down title chances (Wednesday November 23 2016)
Drivers make their tyre choices for Abu Dhabi (Tuesday November 22 2016)
Las Vegas to replace Singapore on the calendar? (Monday November 21 2016)
Dennis betrayed by McLaren (Monday November 21 2016)
Max's memorable Motor race (Friday November 18 2016)
An extraordinary motor racing day (Thursday November 17 2016)
F1 Prediction competition open for final round (Wednesday November 16 2016)
Who will win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix? (Wednesday November 16 2016)
All working out fine for Rosberg (Tuesday November 15 2016)
Hamilton living in the moment (Monday November 14 2016)
Blog: Brazilian GP Report (Monday November 14 2016)
2016 Brazil GP - Race (Sunday November 13 2016)
Blog: Interlagos Qualifying (Saturday November 12 2016)
2016 Brazil GP - Qualifying (Saturday November 12 2016)
2016 Brazil GP - FP3 (Saturday November 12 2016)
2016 Brazil GP - FP2 (Friday November 11 2016)
2016 Brazil GP - FP1 (Friday November 11 2016)
Renault stick with Palmer (Friday November 11 2016)
Haas make driver change (Friday November 11 2016)
How can Rosberg win the title? (Thursday November 10 2016)
Blog: Interlagos Preview (Wednesday November 9 2016)
Drivers make their tyre selections for Brazil (Wednesday November 9 2016)
F1 Prediction Competition open for round 20 (Tuesday November 8 2016)
Who will win the Brazilian Grand Prix? (Monday November 7 2016)
Kvyat happy to survive 2016 (Friday November 4 2016)
18 year old to replace Massa at Williams (Thursday November 3 2016)
Ross Brawn to return to Formula One (Thursday November 3 2016)
Vettel avoids FIA action (Wednesday November 2 2016)
Blog: Mexican GP Report (Tuesday November 1 2016)
Ferrari blame bureaucracy for loss of podium place (Tuesday November 1 2016)
Horner slams Vettel for radio profanity (Tuesday November 1 2016)
Podium place changes hands for a third time (Monday October 31 2016)
Verstappen chucked out of podium celebrations (Sunday October 30 2016)
2016 Mexico GP - Race (Sunday October 30 2016)
Blog: Mexico City Qualifying (Sunday October 30 2016)
2016 Mexico GP - Qualifying (Saturday October 29 2016)
2016 Mexico GP - FP3 (Saturday October 29 2016)
2016 Mexico GP - FP2 (Friday October 28 2016)
2016 Mexico GP - FP1 (Friday October 28 2016)
Blog: Mexico City Preview (Thursday October 27 2016)
F1 Prediction Competition open for round 19 (Thursday October 27 2016)
Who will win in Mexico? (Thursday October 27 2016)
F1 introduces the Verstappen rule (Wednesday October 26 2016)
Red Bull family retains Kvyat (Tuesday October 25 2016)
Hamilton was in fear of engine issues (Monday October 24 2016)
Blog: US GP Report (Monday October 24 2016)
2016 United States GP - Race (Sunday October 23 2016)
Blog: Austin Qualifying (Sunday October 23 2016)
2016 United States GP - Qualifying (Saturday October 22 2016)
2016 United States GP - FP3 (Saturday October 22 2016)
2016 United States GP - FP2 (Friday October 21 2016)
2016 United States GP - FP1 (Friday October 21 2016)
Life will move on for Hamilton (Friday October 21 2016)
Blog: Austin Preview (Thursday October 20 2016)
Musical chairs continues in Austin (Wednesday October 19 2016)
Drivers make tyre selections for USA (Wednesday October 19 2016)
F1 Prediction Competition open for round 18 (Tuesday October 18 2016)
Who will win in the US of A? (Tuesday October 18 2016)
Letís go back to the future on backmarkers (Monday October 17 2016)
Hulkenberg on brink of joining Renault? (Friday October 14 2016)
Ferrari strategy choice surpised Red Bull (Thursday October 13 2016)
Hamilton having a mental meltdown? (Wednesday October 12 2016)
Has Rosberg wrapped up the 2016 title? (Tuesday October 11 2016)
Communication break down between Hamilton and Merc (Monday October 10 2016)
Blog: Japanese GP Report (Sunday October 9 2016)
2016 Japanese GP - Race (Sunday October 9 2016)
Blog: Suzuka Qualifying (Saturday October 8 2016)
2016 Japanese GP - Qualifying (Saturday October 8 2016)
2016 Japanese GP - FP3 (Saturday October 8 2016)
2016 Japanese Grand Prix - FP2 (Friday October 7 2016)
2016 Japanese Grand Prix - FP1 (Friday October 7 2016)
Mercedes regroup following Malaysia (Thursday October 6 2016)
Blog: Suzuka Preview (Wednesday October 5 2016)
F1 Prediction competition open for round 17 (Tuesday October 4 2016)
Who will win in Japan? (Tuesday October 4 2016)
Hamilton clarifies comments after media storm (Monday October 3 2016)
Blog: Malaysian GP Report (Monday October 3 2016)
|7.||Push The Button||491|