One of the most mystifying developments during Formula 1's festive season was, without doubt, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo's stated desire to call a summit "to discuss the nature of F1 with the teams".
"We have to make proposals to do something, without putting anyone in the corner - and not [do deals] under the table. I want to do it in a very open way," the patrician Roman said at the Scuderia's select annual Christmas media luncheon.
"I want to have more dialogue between the teams - not about competition, but looking at the problems with F1."
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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