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Whitmarsh continues as FOTA chairman

ESPNF1 Staff
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Martin Whitmarsh took over the position of FOTA chairman in 2010 © Getty Images
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Martin Whitmarsh has been confirmed as continuing in his role as chairman of the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA).

In a meeting in Sepang ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix, the McLaren team principal's position was ratified, while Renault's Eric Boullier will work alongside him as vice-chairman after replacing Ferrari's Stefano Domenicali.

Boullier told Autosport that even though a lot had changed since FOTA was set up, he felt that all of the teams still had shared aims.

"FOTA was created by teams but by this, most of the teams were backed by manufacturers," Boullier 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."

Christian Horner continues in his role as chairman of the Sporting Regulations Working Group, while Ferrari maintain a presence with Aldo Costa replacing Ross Brawn as the head of the Technical Regulations Working Group. All of the positions relate to the 2011 season.

"FOTA Teams are keen to continue working together, and with all other stakeholders, to further increase the global reach of Formula One and look forward to another challenging racing season," a FOTA statement said.