In this climate of financial uncertainty, it is refreshing to see that bitter enemies in the past can go beyond their history of spats and controversial bust ups and be able to exist in harmony and unite for a common cause. And it has happened in the history of motorsport, between McLaren and Ferrari.
The former arch-rivals have decided to have a close cooperation and professional relationship to show the forces that are of Formula 1 of their united position as a racing team led by the two rivals formed a group to take care of the team’s interests. The Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) was established to represent the team in negotiations with the ruling FIA (International Automobile Federation) and Commercial Chief Honcho Bernie Ecclestone. The photo is led by Ferrari’s president and Ecclestone critic Luca de Montezemelo.
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McLaren chief executive Ron Dennis decribed the two teams’ bands as profound and admitted he did not anticipate rivals eventually going hand in hand. Ferrari spokeswoman Luca Colajanni visited McLaren’s Woking factory to meet staff and Dennis. I guess with this newly formed relationship, it was but natural that managers from each side visit each other’s headquarters.
The two teams’ turbulent past reached its peak two years ago when Ferrari accused McLaren of having important technical data of its cars. McLaren was fined $ 100,000,000 and deprived of all its designers points. Not happy, Ferrari took legal action against McLaren with Dennis and other top officials questioned by Italian police. Ferrari lost all action but when McLaren issued an apology.
This season, FIA chief Max Mosely has implemented new rules in Formula 1, shaking up its current structure with the primary goal of reducing operating costs, perhaps standardizing engines. FOTA will for its part be responsible for all the teams’ interests. It must give the voice of all teams.
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All teams agree that the new rules may have given each and every one significant savings in operating costs not only this season, but the future as well. is a peg of 50%.
Montezemelo said that Dennis, who will concentrate on PHOTO after divesting himself from the daily activities of the McLaren Racing Team, is a first-class person with a first-class team. He further added that Formula 1 needed great competition on the track and great unity off the track.
Formula 1 teams found it necessary to form a group after the financial crisis hit most of the major economies. FOTA intends to keep the teams working together to promote Formula 1 as they continually seek ways and innovative ideas that will improve the sport. They would also like to address the issues that men nowadays like making cars cheaper and more environmentally friendly.
I just hope Ferrari and McLaren keep their partnership lasting. For the sake of the other teams.