While hot and cold blown diffusers and their ramifications were the talk of Silverstone - with the FIA issuing a clarification on the matter on Thursday - a different kind of power play was enacted in Bernie Ecclestone's sombre motorhome at the sharp end of the paddock, with no less than five team principals meeting with him to discuss engine matters present and future.
Almost simultaneously an FIA-called meeting was concentrating minds elsewhere, with the topic of discussion being cost saving and control under the 2014 V6 engine regulations. Therefore at roughly the same time during a rather fraught weekend, three engine-related issues were being discussed; all of them only peripherally related to each other.
A number of team principals head into FOM's motorhome © sutton
Tellingly, the commercial rights holder, which is responsible for paddock layouts at each race, had decided to situate the FIA motorhome at the opposite end of the paddock - amongst the Pirelli tyre trucks and Virgin and Hispania motorhomes.
The first-named meeting was attended by Formula One Teams' Association chairman and McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh, his FOTA deputy and Renault F1 team boss Eric Boullier, Christian Horner, team principal of reigning double champion Red Bull, Ferrari's Stefano Domenicali and Ross Brawn of Mercedes.
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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