FIA president Max Mosley once famously made the observation that a Formula 1 race should be a little like a chess match: demanding and taxing on a mental level, where the culmination of an afternoon's strategy leads to a singular, decisive move rather than a rash of scrambled and impetuous stabs at glory.
Mosley later admitted that it hadn't been one of his most insightful comments when he was barraged with complaints from fans who wanted their motor racing to be a little more exciting than a board game, thank you very much.
But his analogy was correct in another way: away from the track, the running of the sport is very much played out like one huge and massively complex game of chess. And F1's power brokers are all grandmaster tacticians who have learned through experience just how to put their opposition in check at the most inopportune moment.
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