Cash causes conflict, and the bigger the pile, the bigger the conflict. Formula One is, if not the, then certainly right up there with, the wealthiest sports. And thus the potential for money-driven clashes is omnipresent, with only the members of the warring factions varying from time to time.
The situation Germany's two Formula One tracks find themselves in epitomises the conflict and, although they are not at war with themselves - unlike the tension between Silverstone and Donington or (possibly) Sepang and Singapore - collateral damage from Hockenheim's financial squeeze is impacting upon the 'Newburgring'.
Although the demise of one or both venues as Formula One hosts has been alluded to by this column for close on two years now - since they announced plans to 'timeshare' grands prix within the country that gave birth to the motor car - it was assumed by many that a rotational deal could save a grand prix in the home of BMW and Mercedes-Benz regardless under which title - German or European - the race is promoted.
But now Hockenheim's losses have caught up with it and, with the local community and regional government refusing to further subsidise Formula One at the now-emasculated 'Ring, it seems no race will be held at, ironically, the circuit situated within 20 kilometres of Karl Benz's first motorised forays come 2010.