Red Bull not invited to FOTA meeting

Last year, Ferrari, Red Bull, Sauber and Toro Rosso left the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) membership. At the time, many thought this was because Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone had cut a separate deal with the teams and lured them away from a unified FOTA front on issues. There is a precedent for this as Ferrari have parted ways with the majority via Ecclestone’s alluring offers in the past.

This past weekend, FOTA members held a meeting and according to AUTOSPORT, Red Bull and its sister team Toro Rosso were not invited. Oddly, Ferrari and Sauber were. As AUTOSPORT discovered, Red Bull boss Christian Horner wasn’t that interested int he event:

 “I don’t know what they talked about in the meeting so I couldn’t comment on that.

“You have got FOTA that doesn’t consist of some teams but does consist of others. I have no idea what the topic of discussion was; they obviously feel that it doesn’t apply to Red Bull.

“So I cannot really comment on something that I don’t really know about.”

The details of the meeting were not disclosed and chairman Martin Whitmarsh was relatively cheeky when asked about it but the interesting note is that Ferrari and Sauber were invited.

If you read between the lines and consider what could be going on, the notion that some teams have taken issue with Red Bull’s spending levels in the past and their dissension from the others on the Resource Restriction Agreement could be the catalyst for not inviting them. Teams have implied that Red Bull skirted the precepts of the original document signed by all FOTA members.

It will be interesting to see if the veteran deal-maker, Ecclestone, can bring these teams together with a program to mitigate spending while the teams are looking to the FIA for cost-cutting regulatory oversight…something Red Bull is not keen on.

 

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