Just as fuel has become the new on-track battleground, so cost control continues to dominate Formula 1's political landscape, with seemingly no end in sight for this contentious topic.
Indeed, an issue that should by rights have been dispensed with in 2009 when the 2010-'12 Concorde Agreement was embraced by F1's three player groups - governing body the FIA, commercial rights holder Formula One Management and the teams' collective acting under the FOTA umbrella - continues to rumble along whenever two or more team bosses meet.
The 2010-'12 covenant made acceptance of prescribed cost control a condition of entering the Formula 1 World Championship, while no such agreement currently exists.
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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