New FOTA Chairman Announced after 2010 Season
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According to Autosport, FOTA is looking for an independent replacement for Whitmarsh, with three of the team leaders having the most chances: Red Bull Racing's Christian Horner, Adam Parr from Williams and Mercedes GP's Ross Brawn.
The resignation of the current FOTA head has been denied by sources close to the matter and Whitmarsh himself, who said there will be no talking of a new leader until the season is over. The name is likely to be announced in November or December this year.
"It is due to come to an end later this year - that is as far as I know," Whitmarsh was quoted as saying by Autosport. "At the end of the year it will be good to take stock of how much time everyone spends on it and where we focus our efforts."
FOTA is changing its leaders each season, with the current chairman having been elected in January this year. He replaced last year's chairman, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo.
Separately, the F1 teams have met last weekend at Spa-Francorchamps and agreed on an extended winter testing program, to include six full tests in between seasons, one of which in Bahrain. It was initially believed there will be 15 days of winter testing, four of which in Bahrain before the first race of the 2011 season.
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