If last Thursday's FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting - convened on the fringe of the governing body's Sport Conference in Munich - ended in abject failure for Formula 1's independent teams intent on forcing regulatory cost control, it marked a resounding victory for F1 and common sense by ultimately proving the utter folly of the sport's governance structure.
The WMSC meeting marked the first session in which the prevailing governance flow path had been correctly followed since the formation of F1's Strategy Group a year ago - ostensibly to streamline the decision-taking process.
However, motorsport's supreme body ratified just eight of 20-plus headline items escalated to it by the Formula 1 Commission, which in turn had been fed by the WMSC. Saliently, of the eight decisions taken, one was a total rescindment...
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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