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".

Features by Dieter Rencken
Red Bull's quit threats are empty and unfair Red Bull has dropped hints it could quit Formula 1 - again. Is there any point taking it seriously? 1493164800 F1
Why Ecclestone can’t let go of F1 Bernie Ecclestone insists he's not bitter about his departure from an all-powerful position in Formu... 1492560000 F1
Why F1 races can't be moved from Sunday The Chinese Grand Prix's flirtation with cancellation highlighted Formula 1's inflexibility when it ... 1491955200 F1
Why Porsche is key to F1's engine future Another year, another Formula 1 technical argument - what it does next with its complex engine formu... 1491350400 F1
F1 faces a long wait for real change The Liberty era is expected to bring major changes to Formula 1, but the convoluted manner in which ... 1490745600 F1
Why Ecclestone is about to strike back Months after being ousted from his position at the top of Formula 1, Bernie Ecclestone has emerged o... 1490140800 F1
The $150m gamble that spooked F1 A $150million gamble cost Formula 1 dearly when it scared Bernie Ecclestone out of trying to get ahe... 1489536000 F1
Why a 25-race F1 calendar is a risk Canada and Russia have new F1 deals, France is coming back, and F1's new owner has its sights set on... 1488931200 F1
How to fix F1's unworthy launch season Formula 1's new era kicked off as every season does - with multiple car launches. Is it time for a d... 1488326400 F1
Why talk of foul play in F1 sale is wrong Allegations of conflicts of interest over Formula 1's commercial rights sale prompted a strong retor... 1487721600 F1
F1 is on course for a fresh civil war As Formula 1's 2020 moment of truth approaches, expect new political alliances between teams - but r... 1487116800 F1
Does Liberty really understand its F1 challenge? Formula 1's new owners are getting their feet under the table, but with every day that passes the pi... 1486512000 F1
Why robots must fight real drivers on-track As manufacturers and tech companies place ever more emphasis on autonomous cars, traditional human-b... 1485993600 F1
How Ecclestone triggered his own downfall The roots of Bernie Ecclestone's rapid departure from the Formula 1 throne are clear to see in how h... 1485302400 F1
Why F1's new owner's next move is critical FIA approval of Formula 1's change of control of commercial rights was the latest hurdle cleared for... 1484784000 F1
Life after Ron Dennis at McLaren Poor results and a string of high-profile splits - with Ron Dennis, partners and long-time drivers a... 1484092800 F1
F1's top teams are throwing money away Current rules mean the pure cost of racing a Formula 1 car has come down, so how come teams spending... 1483488000 F1
How much did Formula 1 teams spend in 2016? Formula 1's £1,720,000,000 question: Where do F1 teams get their money from? Our annual study of F1 ... 1482969600 F1
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