"With regard to the announcement made today by BMW, FOTA teams have immediately consulted each other and are ready to assure all the necessary support to the Swiss-based team, whose membership in the association is confirmed, to continue its involvement in the F1 sport," said Simone Perillo, FOTA Secretary General, in a statement this morning.
"It is worth to mention that a professional work has already began within FOTA, aimed at increasing the involvement of the fans and at improving the F1 show," he added. "Among those initiatives, one that could be interesting is the introduction of a third car on the grid. FOTA will seek the opinions of all the most relevant stakeholders in order to exchange ideas and define proposals for the future of Formula One.
"FOTA teams now wish to have the necessary certainty and stability within Formula One in order to focus on those fundamental priorities for the future."