FOTA hopes for new dawn with Todt
|By Jonathan Noble||Friday, October 23rd 2009, 12:36 GMT|
The Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) hopes that FIA president Jean Todt will embrace a new era of co-operation between its organisation and the governing body following the Frenchman's victory in the presidential election.
Although a majority of teams deliberately stayed away from backing either Todt or rival Ari Vatanen in the campaign, FOTA is now hoping that the new FIA president will bring about a push to improve F1 in the future.
FOTA chairman Luca di Montezemolo, who worked with Todt at Ferrari, said: "I would like to send my best wishes to Jean Todt in his new role, as I have always appreciated his ability, dedication and commitment.
"I am sure that, under his guidance, the Federation will be rejuvenated and will restore a climate open to dialogue and constructive collaboration with the teams and FOTA, thus ensuring stability of the regulations and the whole environment.
"Formula 1 is about to embark on a new phase: all the stakeholders must work together with an eye to the future, to increase the credibility and interest generated by this sport, tackling the technical and environmental challenges that await it, while keeping unchanged, those characteristics that have made it one of the most popular disciplines on the world stage."
FOTA vice-chairman John Howett added: "I extend my best wishes to Jean Todt as he takes on this demanding but crucial role. I am convinced that Jean Todt's presidency represents an opportunity for all Formula 1's stakeholders to unite under his leadership and work together to strengthen our sport.
"FOTA is looking forward to supporting him to broaden the appeal of our sport among fans and sponsors while respecting Formula 1's great heritage to which he has contributed enormously."