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 rival factions rather than one unified body - and perhaps even tracks and broadcasters. And will Bernie Ecclestone be called into battle again?
Following last week's prognosis that the Formula One Group, F1's new commercial rights holder following Liberty Media's takeover, faces revenue squeezes from teams demanding greater income slices on one side and promoters, partners and broadcasters on the other, senior sources confirmed that the formation of a "modern day FOTA" was under consideration.
Not surprisingly, enquiries kicked off a 'blame game'. Fingers were pointed every which way: independent teams suggested the so-called Constructors' Championship Bonus teams, namely Mercedes, Red Bull Racing, Ferrari and McLaren - which, between them, carve up 65% of revenues and enjoy Strategy Group status - were collectively planning "to protect their positions", as one source phrased it, after the prevailing bilateral contracts expire in 2020.
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The French GP has been a stronghold for Mercedes since Paul Ricard's return to the calendar in 2018. But that all changed on Sunday, as a clever two-stop strategy guided Red Bull's Max Verstappen to make a race-winning pass on the penultimate lap - for once leaving Mercedes to experience the pain of late defeat it has so often inflicted on Red Bull
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Red Bull led the way after the first two practice sessions for the 2021 French Grand Prix, but only just ahead of Mercedes. There was all the usual practice skulduggery complicating the performance picture, but one aspect seen at the world champion squad gave it a ‘surprise’ lift, as it looks to leave its street-circuit struggles firmly in the past
After its worst campaign in 40 years, the famous Italian team had to bounce back in 2021 – and it appears to be delivering. Although it concedes the pole positions in Monaco and Baku paint a somewhat misleading picture of its competitiveness, the team is heading into the 2022 rules revamp on much stronger footing to go for wins again
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