That 2008 would be a tumultuous year for Formula One became clear even before the sport bade farewell to 2007, one of the most acrimonious seasons in the 58-year history of the world championship. Not only had McLaren been found guilty of spying and stripped of all their constructors' points, but they also faced the threat of having their MP4-23 banned before it even turned a wheel.
In February, McLaren were given the all-clear - but not before the team had settled a record $100m fine. Ferrari later 'forgave' McLaren, but still, who would have thought that in August - less than a year after being convicted - Ron Dennis, the Anglo-German outfit's CEO, would stroll through Ferrari's factory gates to be received by Luca di Montezemolo?
Or, even more significantly, that Dennis would propose the Ferrari president for the equivalent position within the newly-formed Formula One Teams' Association? In fact, who would have thought the two greatest rivals in the history of the sport could ever be on speaking terms, or that by the end of the sporting year Ferrari would threaten to withdraw from a sport it had competed in since the first championship season?
Luca di Montezemolo © XPB
It was the founding of FOTA that, more than any other 2008 event, defined the year - and the significance of this trade union of teams will be felt for many years to come.