Find out which peo­ple wield the most in­flu­ence over the chang­ing shape of For­mula 1

F1 Racing (UK) - - CONTENTS - -TOTO WOLFF 16 FE­BRU­ARY 2017

For­mula 1 in early 2017 sud­denly looks very dif­fer­ent – off the track as well as on it. While the faster, wider cars pound around the race cir­cuits of the world at in­cred­i­ble speeds not seen for years, the po­lit­i­cal land­scape has also changed dra­mat­i­cally.

Bernie Ec­cle­stone held sway at the top for nearly 40 years, and any­one who wanted to push in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion had to be sure they knew what they were do­ing, and that they had the lever­age to see it through. But now Ec­cle­stone has gone, shunted off to a chair­man emer­i­tus role, and ef­fec­tively been told not to speak un­less spo­ken to. The past has gone. To be re­placed by… what, ex­actly? F1 is now owned by a me­dia com­pany, not a pri­vate eq­uity group. It is run by a busi­ness­man with 30 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in Amer­i­can broad­cast­ing, not a for­mer car dealer who spent his pro­fes­sional life fly­ing by the seat of his pants and mak­ing up the rules as he went along. But how will Chase Carey dif­fer from Ec­cle­stone as a chief ex­ec­u­tive? And how will he han­dle the com­pet­ing in­ter­ests and egos who pull the strings up and down the pad­dock? And, cru­cially, who are these peo­ple, what are they like, where does their power come from and what do they want to do with it?

Who, in short, re­ally makes the de­ci­sions in F1? Are Mercedes and Fer­rari re­ally in con­trol, as Ec­cle­stone used to claim from time to time? Is the FIA as pow­er­less as it seems, with Jean Todt as pres­i­dent? What will Red Bull do post-ec­cle­stone?

F1 Rac­ing’s team con­sulted se­nior fig­ures, kicked around the names that came up – the same ones re­peat­edly – and com­piled a list of the peo­ple who will share and shape the fu­ture of F1. This is it.

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