On Monday, most of Formula 1's great and good will congregate at Sapphire House, situated in Churchill Way, just off the A233 on the perimeter of Biggin Hill Airport.
The complex, owned by the Ecclestone family's investment group, houses all broadcasting paraphernalia operated by the Formula One Group and associated companies. For example, feeder series GP2/3 are headquartered in Sapphire House, while FOG personnel and kit generally fly out from the adjacent runway.
Monday's meeting could prove to be the most crucial in recent F1 history, for it marks the first gathering of the sport's Strategy Group 'think tank', which has as members the four Constructors Championship Bonus (CCB) teams, namely Red Bull Racing, Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes, plus Williams (on a heritage basis) and Lotus (as best-placed of the rest), with F1 boss Ecclestone and FIA president Jean Todt also in attendance.
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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