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Martin Whitmarsh Will Return To Formula 1 To Help Circuit Reduce Costs

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 01 / 18 / 18

Former McLaren Formula 1 Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh is returning to F1 to "help find ways to reduce costs," according to Andrew Benson of the BBC. FIA said that Whitmarsh "had been invited in as a temporary consultant" to help define "regulations for fair and sustainable competition." ...

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