MO­TOR MOUTH

What we’re talk­ing about at Tow­ers

F1 Racing - - INSIDER -

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?

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