Why F1 is sitting on a timebomb of contradictions
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Why F1 is sitting on a timebomb of contradictions

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Formula 1 faces a series of 'Who?', 'What?', 'Where?', 'When?', 'Why?' and 'How?' questions as it bids to achieve ambitious goals in 2018 and beyond

As Formula 1 nears the end of its first year under the commercial management of Liberty Media, grand prix racing's new owner could do well to use the winter break to take stock of exactly what it is it has bought. At first glance the answer may seem straightforward enough - the rights to the world's premier motor racing series - but as Liberty digs deeper it may find it needs to redefine the constituent parts of F1.

Is it, for example, a motorised sporting series for highly skilled drivers, or is it simply a technological platform upon which motor manufacturers and component suppliers are able to demonstrate their expertise, using human guinea pigs to push the envelope? Combination of both? If so, what split?

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