As a piece of PR, the press release circulated by the FIA during last Friday's World Motor Sport Council session in Dubrovnik was worth its weight in gold, both politically and commercially: as an over-arching roadmap providing a future direction for Formula 1 for the next eight years through to 2020, the value of its (electronic) paper by far exceeded its substance.
Consider the opening paragraph: The agreement reached by the FIA and the Formula 1 Group in July 2013, setting out the framework for implementation of the Concorde Agreement for the period 2013 - 2020, has now come into force, following the approval of the respective governing bodies of the signatory parties.
Note that the agreement of teams to what was traditionally an all-inclusive covenant - as per every Concorde since that historic 1981 agreement entered into between teams and the governing body - is totally conspicuous by its absence.
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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