As this is written, just two weeks remain to Formula 1's June 30 regulatory deadline, after which rule changes for the following season require unanimous agreement within the 25-strong* Formula 1 Commission, rather than by 70 per cent majority before that date.
Thus, if F1 is to make any progress in 2015, the sport needs to get all its ducks in a row before Wednesday's F1 Commission meeting in London, ahead of the FIA's crucial World Motorsport Council session in Munich on June 26 - at which changes escalated to the WMSC by the Commission are either ratified and pass into law, or are rejected and returned for redrafting.
Some form of cost control is high on the wish lists of all F1 teams (and the FIA), and a whole host of proposals - mostly emanating from a Strategy Group meeting held in London on Ascension Day Thursday - are down to be debated, yet none are expected to deliver appreciable cost-saving, if at all. Indeed, some are likely to lead to cost increases in the longer term...
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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