Has Formula 1's Strategy Group, which met just once on October 21 and has its second get-together on November 29 immediately ahead of the first and only Formula One Commission meeting of the year, shelved plans for the so-called Customer Car Concept (CCC)?
According to sources, a straw poll was taken during a Friday lunchtime meeting at Austin last week. The vote went against the 'CCC', a proposal whereby five major teams would supply five 'B' teams with two cars each, plus, of course, associated technology and support to deliver 20-car grids.
This column broke the news back in March and little wonder there was enormous opposition, for not only does the customer car idea go totally against F1's DNA, but its implementation would result in one team disappearing and five others being forced to totally downgrade their facilities to little more than repair shops.
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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