Bernie Ecclestone is a man used to answering questions.
On the Sunday morning of each grand prix, no matter what exotic locale the F1 grid finds itself, he walks with local officials, kings, princes or celebrities in tow, introducing the good and the great to the drivers and to each other. All the while simultaneously responding to questions from the press corps about the events of the week: who is up, who is down, is the Bahrain race on or not, and will we have anemically teeny four-cylinder turbos or lusty V8s?
Ecclestone's mastery with the media is almost as legendary as his mastery of money. He tells you only what he wants you to know. Sometimes he answers like the Delphic Oracle - "let's see what happens" - and sometimes with words that cut to the quick when a business rival has to be disciplined.
Historically, Bernie's favourite target over the years has been Luca di Montezemolo, the 64 year-old head of Fiat and Ferrari who has made it clear that to his mind, at 82 years of age Ecclestone's best days are behind him and it is time for a succession plan.