FOTA set to appoint new chairman post season
The new chairman of the Formula One Teams’ Association has yet to be confirmed, despite reports during last week’s Belgian Grand Prix suggesting that Williams’ Adam Parr is the man to take up the role.
Parr is widely tipped to replace outgoing president Martin Whitmarsh, but the McLaren boss insists that a decision has not yet been made and is unlikely to happen until the end of the current season.
“My mandate runs until the end of the year,” said Whitmarsh. “A vote is likely to happen between November and December.”
An Italian report has also said that Toro Rosso’s Franz Tost will replace Ferrari’s Stefano Domenicali as deputy chairman – another move which has yet to be confirmed.
If Parr does become the new FOTA chairman, he will be the first president from an independent team, possibly shifting the balance away from the big manufacturers who would like to see a return to in-season testing, and largely oppose a budget cap in the sport.
FOTA was founded in 2008 in order to give the teams a united voice in dealing with the FIA -the sport’s governing body -and the Formula One Group.
Currently, all 12 teams participating in F1 are members of the group after independent teams Williams and Force India rejoined the organisation in September 2009 following their breakaway to sign up to the new Concorde agreement while FOTA threatened to start a rival series.
F1 newcomers Lotus, Hispania Racing, and Virgin Racing, all joined in 2009, and it is expected that the new, thirteenth F1 team will also join later this year.