This was a momentous year for Formula One, what with the world championship being decided in the final sector of the final lap of the season's final race, and the genuine peace which broke out between the sport's two grandee teams Ferrari and McLaren.
There were, of course, less savoury aspects to the year, too, with the less said about Chelsea apartments and the FIA's extraordinary assembly meeting in June the better for all and sundry. But, frankly, the Weekly Grapevine (WGV) had better fish to fry, and although the column's canvas was broad, it chose to cover the following four main areas:
- The lack of a Concorde Agreement and the long-term effects of F1 having no covenant binding its players
- The effect of the 2009 regulations, more specifically KERS and the workings of the Overtaking Working Group