The repercussions of last week's drama, when it was not only confirmed from Munich that Formula 1 tsar Bernie Ecclestone had been charged with bribery and associated deeds, but that Ron Dennis would reassume overall operational responsibility for McLaren, loomed over events in Geneva this week.
Three meetings were called to shape, respectively, the long, medium and short-term futures of the sport.
The line-up at those meetings revealed plenty about the behind-closed-doors intrigue that was already public knowledge, and what was still to come.
Jean Todt © XPB
FIA president Jean Todt, who has long beaten the cost-cutting drum, called Wednesday morning's team meeting in early January.
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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