Williams - between a rock and a hard place?
Events on track at Shanghai contrasted sharply with what was going on in the paddock. On the circuit, Lewis Hamilton was so supreme that nobody else had a look in. It was not one of the season's more entertaining Sundays.
But in the paddock, the political toing and froing outstripped anything some could recall for the past 30 years. I've often thought the balancing act of making Formula One viable for both big manufacturer teams and small independents, whose sole business is racing, is so hugely difficult as to be nigh on impossible.
The Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) was preparing for its meeting with Max Mosley to discuss the future and, so determined were the teams not to be split by the detonation of standard engines and customer car grenades, that they decided to send only Luca di Montezemolo and John Howett to see Max, so that the rest couldn't start bickering.