The Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA) executive committee held its first meeting of the 2011 season today, and has appointed McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh as the group’s chairman for the next year.
Renault team boss Eric Boullier was voted in as the group’s new deputy chairman, replacing Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali.
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has retained his role as the chairman of FOTA’s Sporting Regulations Working Group.
Aldo Costa, Ferrari’s technical director, was voted in as the new chairman of the Technical Regulations Working Group, replacing Ross Brawn.
Whitmarsh is quoted as saying: “Personally for me it is a great endorsement and it is also a way for me, as the latest from the team principal club, to be more involved and to bring maybe some more ideas and clearly voice them.”
One of the main tasks the group – which acts as a union of sorts representing the interests of eleven of the grid’s twelve teams (HRT quit last year) – will need to tackle is further cost-cutting measures under a re-formed Resource Restriction Agreement.
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