Whitmarsh and Boullier to lead FOTA

Martin Whitmarsh will continue in his role as chairman of the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) for 2011, as AUTOSPORT exclusively revealed last year

Whitmarsh and Boullier to lead FOTA

At a meeting of FOTA that took place at Sepang on Sunday morning, Whitmarsh's continued role was ratified - with Renault's Eric Boullier becoming vice-chairman, replacing Ferrari's Stefano Domenicali.

"Personally for me it is a great endorsement and it is also a way for me, as the latest from the team principal club, to be more involved and to bring maybe some more ideas and clearly voice them."

Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner will maintain his role as chairman of the Sporting Regulations Working Group, with Aldo Costa taking over from Ross Brawn as head of the Technical Regulations Working Group.

Although no agreement was reached on amendments to the Resource Restriction Agreement (RRA), FOTA still hopes to make progress over the course of the season.

In a statement issued on Sunday, FOTA said: "FOTA teams are keen to continue working together, and with all other stakeholders, to further increase the global reach of Formula 1 and look forward to another challenging racing season."

Boullier said FOTA had a clear understanding of its direction in F1's current, less manufacturer-reliant, era.

"FOTA was created by teams but by this, most of the teams were backed by manufacturers," he said. "In a couple of years this changed dramatically and most of them are now independent/private.

"I think we are clearly part of the show and obviously out of the political game we could do much more, as stakeholders together and trying to again bring out everything the best in the interests of the teams."

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