What we’re talking about at Towers
A couple of months ago, in the Monza media centre, conversation at F1 Racing’s desk turned to the absence in the modern era of F1’s big political beasts, who would traditionally use the Italian GP weekend as a platform for some kind of attentiongrabbing stunt – think Max Mosley gripping Ron Dennis’ hand in faux amity in 2007, for example.
Seems like you can’t keep a big beast down, for Max popped up again on the German TV station ZDF last month in a double-header interview with his old mucker Bernie Ecclestone. Mischief in stereo. Amid talk of ripping up F1’s rulebook and starting again, and greater fan consultation, there was a ‘soft launch’ for the low(er)-cost engine proposals described on p18. Dare we suggest that the real agenda here is to wrest some control of the sport back from the engine manufacturers, who currently pack a substantial political punch?