Formula 1 thrives on conspiracy: catch two (or more) team bosses in a huddle, and whispers instantly have them trading drivers/ganging up against competitors/scheming further (advantageous) regulation changes/discussing solutions to the latest catastrophe to hit F1.
In the world of F1 conspiracy, everything goes, with nothing being too bizarre to consider. Indeed, the only variables are the length of time devoted to deliberation/rejection/filing under 'future'.
However, there was a theory shared with this column in the wake of the first race of the season that was simply too outlandish to have legs. Yet...
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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