For proof of just how fast the world of Formula 1 moves, look no further than Google News: In June, searching for the term 'FOTA' returned a result of around 300 news stories related to the latest activities of the Formula 1 Teams Association. It peaked at around 700 stories during the British Grand Prix weekend.
This week, though, the top 'FOTA' story is the tale of new arrivals, including a baby siamang gibbon, a colobus monkey and a ring-tailed lemur, at a similarly-named wildlife park in County Cork, Ireland.
The top FOTA (as in F1) news snippet is the five-day-old story (broken by AUTOSPORT) that Williams is seeking a new engine supplier for 2010.
When exotic creatures overshadow FOTA patter on Google News, the obvious question is whether or not the teams' alliance is a spent force.
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South African-born Dieter trained as industrial engineer before holding down a variety of senior motor industry marketing and manufacturing positions. At the age of 40 he decided to follow his passion, and became the first and only South African journalist to cover Formula 1 regularly. Dieter joined AtlasF1 at the beginning of 2004 – a year prior to its merger with Autosport – and his regular column offers an intriguing analysis of F1’s politicking and commercial chicanery. Although now also proudly Belgian, he gives his domicile as "Wherever F1 duplicity lurks".@RacingLines More features by Dieter Rencken