Whitmarsh set to step down as FOTA president
9 August, 2012
Aug.9 (GMM) McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has announced his intention to step down as president of team association FOTA.
The union was created in the heat of the Max Mosley political war in 2008, with McLaren team boss Whitmarsh then taking over from FOTA’s first chairman, Luca di Montezemolo, at the end of 2009.
Since then, the group has fractured, with Ferrari, Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Sauber and HRT all having relinquished their memberships.
In a report by 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 will be up to the FOTA members to elect a new chairman. The FOTA website lists Lotus’ Eric Boullier as the current vice-chairman.
A report in the media said that Ross Brawn is another candidate.
“I would support either,” said Whitmarsh.
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