Acrimonious battles between Ferrari and McLaren are nothing new. just ask Niki Lauda. Or Alain Prost. Or Mika Hakkinen. Or Kimi Raikkonen... TONY DODGINS unravels a saga of strife
Whoever said that sport and politics don't mix? In Formula 1 they are inseparable. But the Ferrari/McLaren wrangle that has smouldered behind the scenes since the start of the year, and ignited properly in July, threatens to overshadow a truly absorbing season in which four men have a genuine chance of winning the world championship title.
This time, the dispute appears to have become personal between Jean Todt and Ron Dennis but, in essence, the concept is hardly new. Competition, 'needle', is most acute among the major players, whether it's Ferguson and Mourinho or Todt and Dennis. Ferrari and McLaren are most often at loggerheads because, over time, they are the ones with the records, the teams constantly in the thick of it.