While the eyes of Formula 1 fans across the world were on the final four-day test in Bahrain, a number of discussions were held in Paris and South East London. These will undoubtedly impact on F1's short-, medium- and long-term futures.
Taken in isolation, none has the power to radically rock the sport; collectively, though, they have the potential to profoundly affect not only the upcoming season, but also the sport's future well-being.
However, in true F1 fashion, the various proceedings also included cloak-and-dagger elements. Thus, as always caution is due before conclusions are drawn.
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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