Two crucial summits spread over the next fortnight are expected to shape Formula 1's commercial, sporting and technical landscape, with commercial rights holder Liberty Media (operating within the paddock as Formula One Management) having beavered away behind the scenes for the past nine months to frame a series of schedules that will take F1 beyond end-2020, when current covenants expire.
At the first meeting, scheduled for October 31, FOM and the FIA will present their combined technical vision for the future, with main discussion points focusing primarily on post-2020 power unit regulations with amendments to chassis regulations being the logical next step. Also up for discussion are cost-control measures.
During the United States Grand Prix there was optimism that FOM and the FIA could pull off what F1's previous manager, namely CVC Capital Partners, had failed to achieve in over a decade. That the venture fund and F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone were regularly at odds with the teams, the governing body and, at times, themselves hardly aided their cause. That, though, is in the past, and not a day too soon, either.