In January, shortly before Formula 1 found itself consumed by testing of its radical new technology, FIA president Jean Todt vowed that one of the governing body's immediate priorities was to enshrine cost control in the 2015 technical and sporting regulations.
Indeed, following a January 22 meeting in Geneva of F1's Strategy Group (comprising six major teams, the FIA and Formula One Management), itself preceded by a summit attended by all teams, the following was released by the FIA:
"The FIA president reaffirmed to members of the World Motor Sport Council the FIA's intention to assure a healthy, affordable and spectacular FIA Formula 1 World Championship for the long-term future.
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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