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Sauber also withdraws from FOTA

ESPNF1 Staff
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Sauber is the latest team to withdraw from FOTA © Getty Images

Sauber has confirmed it has resigned from the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA), making it the third team to leave the body in a week.

A spokeswoman confirmed to ESPNF1 that Sauber sent a letter to FOTA on Friday informing the other teams of its decision and the reasons behind it. However, Sauber will not be releasing a statement as Ferrari and Red Bull did last Wednesday, preferring to keep its reasons private.

The news broke on Wednesday evening as a report on Autosport.com said Toro Rosso's position in FOTA is also uncertain. The Italian team was unavailable for comment on Wednesday, but with sister team Red Bull pulling out last week, it stands to reason that Toro Rosso, which is also owned by Dietrich Mateschitz, will follow.

The remaining FOTA teams met earlier this week to discuss the future of the organisation.