FOTA is absolutely vital, says Haug
5 December 2011 – Norbert Haug, Mercedes Motorsport Vice President, says the Formula One Teams Assocation (FOTA) is a necessity for the sport, making his feelings clear just days after front running outfits Ferrari and Red Bull requested to leave the organisation.
FOTA would be left with just nine teams if the aforementioned squads carry out their exit plans ahead of the 2012 campaign, but Haug believes it is a ‘very important’ aspect of the sport.
"I think it is absolutely vital that FOTA exists," said Haug. "The aims that we are having, the targets, are very important and I think it is up to the so-called top teams to really balance it out."
The German’s words were backed up by Mercedes GP CEO Nick Fry, a man who explained that although the grid has ‘hit a bump’ in terms of cost control plans, a lot of work is set to continue behind the scenes.
"It's obviously quite a difficult time at the moment and clearly we, Mercedes AMG, are very supportive of cost control in Formula 1," added Fry. "It's a difficult thing to achieve when everyone is so competitive but we certainly will work with others to try and fulfil the aim of an RRA.
"I think even though Ferrari have withdrawn at the moment, they also are intent on finding a solution to this. We've certainly hit a bump in the road but I believe that work will continue in the background to try and resolve this and we will do whatever we can to support that."
Ferrari and Red Bull leave FOTA