Formula 1's overriding winter focus has been on developing the complex new technology demanded by the sport's new-for-2014 regulations, and matters have been no less busy behind the scenes.
Numerous changes - some predictable, others rather surprising - were made at all levels, with the majority of developments having the power or potential to profoundly shake up the order of the sport.
Indeed, seldom has F1 experienced a winter hit by such strong winds of change, with virtually every entity - whether governing body, commercial rights holder or team - being affected in some shape or form.
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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