Last Wednesday at Nurburgring typified all that is currently wrong with F1.
A meeting of the sporting and technical working groups had been scheduled to hammer out the future direction and arrive at a situation whereby the teams were happy to put their names to a new Concorde Agreement that would facilitate peace in our time and allow the sport to move forward.
Both the FOTA teams and the five who entered unilaterally (Williams, Force India, USF1, Campos and Manor) headed to Germany a day early with good intent. Rational, intelligent men such as Ross Brawn, Pat Symonds (Renault) and Paddy Lowe (McLaren) set their alarms for 4am in order to be there. When the time came they were told, sorry chaps, you can observe but you can't have an input because this is to discuss regulation changes for a championship you didn't enter.
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