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HRT and FOTA continue their war of words - Chairman Martin Whitmarsh discusses the situation with HRT

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HRT and FOTA continue their war of words
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It is the 14th January 2011 and this is F1Minute.

More news on the fallout of HRT leaving FOTA today, as apparently there has been speculation about the whys and wherefores. I wouldn’t have thought it was that important, but according to Autosport, HRT are adamant that they have offered to pay the outstanding membership costs, despite the fact that FOTA are suggesting they were suspended for not doing so. HRT also said at the final FOTA meeting in December that they didn’t want to be in the group anymore, which has led us to this tricky situation.

On stage at Autosport International, chairman of FOTA Martin Whitmarsh has said that the organisation will not let any of the current problems grind them down - problems including both HRT and arguments over the Resource Restriction Agreement they are trying to put in place. He said: “F1 has some of the most competitive people in the world, and getting those people to work together is an interesting challenge. We have some issues, and it is not useful to talk about them in public, but we will power through those.”