FOTA respond to BMW's announcement

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The Formula One Teams Association has been quick to respond after the BMW Group announced they are withdrawing from Formula One. FOTA will now concentrate on aiding the race team left behind after the 2009 season.

"With regard to the announcement made today by BMW, FOTA Teams have immediately consulted each other and are ready to assure all the necessary support to the Swiss-based team, whose membership in the association is confirmed, to continue its involvement in the F1 Sport.

It is worth to mention that a professional work has already began within FOTA, aimed at increasing the involvement of the fans and at improving the F1 show. Among those initiatives, one that could be interesting is the introduction of a third car on the grid. FOTA will seek the opinions of all the most relevant stakeholders in order to exchange ideas and define proposals for the future of Formula One.

FOTA Teams now wish to have the necessary certainty and stability within Formule One in order to focus on those fundamental priorities for the future."

Simone Perillo

Secretary General

FOTA – Formula One Teams Association

FOTA Statement