Ostensibly called by FIA president Jean Todt to discuss regulatory cost control, the meeting scheduled for May 1 at Formula One Management's Biggin Hill headquarters will severely test the executive powers of Formula 1's Strategy Group, and, by extension, the body's future.
Formed as part of the sport's post-2012 governance procedure, the Group consists of the FIA (six votes), FOM (ditto) and four so-called 'Championship Constructors Bonus' teams - Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes - plus Williams (through heritage) and Lotus, as reward for it being highest-placed non-CCB team in 2012-'13.
As an aside, one wonders which team will be awarded the sixth seat come 2015 should the black/gold operation continue its current downward spiral. As things presently stand, the sixth seat at the table is not allocated permanently, and on present form Force India should receive the call in 2015. However, given the team's relentless campaign against what deputy team principal Robert Fernley calls "disenfranchisement" - see below - the call may not materialise.
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