FOTA postpones Abu Dhabi meeting

Formula 1 team principals have postponed a meeting planned for this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to discuss the future of the Resource Restriction Agreement (RRA)

FOTA postpones Abu Dhabi meeting

Discussions had been pencilled in by the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) for the Yas Marina weekend to try and end disagreements about the RRA, amid fears that if no consensus can be reached then it could threaten the future of the teams' body.

However, due to logistical reasons, the meeting has had to be delayed - with no firm new date having yet been agreed. It is hoped, however, that the get-together can still take place before the end of the season.

With FOTA's future at stake, numerous team principals had this week moved to rally behind the organisation - claiming it has an important role to play in the future of the sport.

Mercedes GP team principal Ross Brawn said: "You can't forget why FOTA came into existence. Faced with those circumstances again, we need FOTA. And it some ways we are going to have that situation again, because we are about to negotiate a new Concorde Agreement.

"Perhaps FOTA needs to look at what it is best at, and perhaps when we get into debates about agreements that have an effect on the competitiveness of a team, it is a bit of a delicate area for FOTA to be getting involved in.

"If you are having a debate about resource, people, money and all the rest of it, it gets pretty highly charged and I wonder if that is the right arena for FOTA to be working on. I wonder if FOTA doesn't have a better role, and something like the RRA is kept out of that and it becomes just an inter-team agreement.

"I would hate to see FOTA suffer because of disagreements over RRA. We need to try and separate those things."

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