Nothing better illustrates the utter mess Formula 1 presently finds itself in than the current debacle surrounding the sport's governance.
Last Friday marked D-Day for one last round of final discussions about the 2014 technical and sporting regulations plus a raft of items crucial to F1's future, yet one by one the scheduled Strategy Group (morning) and Formula 1 Commission (afternoon) sessions were postponed to December 9.
The decision to postpone only the second meeting of the Strategy Group since its inception in October was taken on Sunday morning at last month's Brazilian Grand Prix after it became clear there were numerous outstanding discussion points, despite the issues having been obvious for over a month. Meanwhile, the Commission, which debates and approves points escalated by the Strategy Group, was somewhat logically postponed last Tuesday, after team bosses returned to Europe.
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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