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The Weekly Grapevine

This week: Vodafone and the future; and peace is near, at last

Vodafone and the future

The story rated only a couple of paragraphs in London's Financial Mail on Sunday and was missed by most of the Formula One media due to there being somewhat of an important race to attend in Bahrain, but, should the Mail's turn into a runner, the face of the sport's commercial relationships - team and series - could be changed forever.

According to FMOS, CVC Partners and fellow capital venture group Apax Partners Limited have made an 'audacious' bid to purchase Vodafone, which recently issued a profits warning and alienated its former CEO and 'chairman-for-life' Sir Christopher Gent in the process, for a staggering US$180bn.

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