South African-born Dieter trained as industrial engineer before holding down a variety of senior motor industry marketing and manufacturing positions. At the age of 40 he decided to follow his passion, and became the first and only South African journalist to cover Formula 1 regularly. Dieter joined AtlasF1 at the beginning of 2004 – a year prior to its merger with Autosport – and his regular column offers an intriguing analysis of F1’s politicking and commercial chicanery. Although now also proudly Belgian, he gives his domicile as "Wherever F1 duplicity lurks".

Features by Dieter Rencken
Why the F1 ladder can't produce new grand prix teams The days of junior teams stepping up to Formula 1 appear long gone. And the reason behind the lack o... 1502841600 F1
What F1 can learn from a Niagara Falls stuntman The halo continues to divide opinion, but any suggestions that teams and drivers should control whet... 1502236800 F1
Why FE must learn from F1's boom and bust Manufacturers are swarming towards Formula E - but that was the case for Formula 1 once too, and it ... 1501632000 FE
Why hating the halo is pointless The FIA using its safety veto to mandate the halo hasn't gone down well, but its critics are on the ... 1501027200 F1
Why Silverstone has the upper hand over F1 As things stand, there will be no British Grand Prix after 2019. Whose fault is that and what can be... 1500422400 F1
Why McLaren ditching Honda isn't as easy as it seems Paddock gossip suggesting McLaren might announce a split from Honda in Austria proved to be just tha... 1499817600 F1
Why Aston Martin could be F1's next engine supplier Aston Martin and its key personnel are no strangers to smart Formula 1 tie-ups. But could a major co... 1499212800 F1
Will F1 make an example of Vettel like Schumacher? Sebastian Vettel has always drawn comparisons to Michael Schumacher. By deliberately hitting Lewis H... 1498608000 F1
Is Todt worthy of remaining FIA president? Spending two days at the FIA's latest sports conference offered an insight into how much progress mo... 1498176000 F1
Enough buzzwords Liberty, it's time for real change Six months into Formula 1's new era, the Canadian Grand Prix was a good chance to take stock of how ... 1497398400 F1
Is F1 in Audi's post-Le Mans plans? Le Mans will come and go this year without the brand that has won the 24 Hours a total of 13 times s... 1496880000 F1
Why F1 must adopt MotoGP's key concepts Ross Brawn has admitted Formula 1 can learn from MotoGP, and once he digs deeper into the two-wheele... 1495584000 F1
The plan to fix F1's biggest flaw The deals that bind Formula 1's teams have been criticised for a long time. A new owner offered an o... 1494979200 F1
Why Ferrari must no longer be F1's favourite Formula 1 continues to reward its teams unevenly. There is hope on the horizon, but grand prix racin... 1494374400 F1
Honda's so-called legacy is bad for F1 Honda's current travails with McLaren are making Formula 1 look impossible to crack for new manufact... 1493769600 F1
Red Bull's quit threats are empty and unfair Red Bull has dropped hints it could quit Formula 1 - again. Is there any point taking it seriously? 1493164800 F1
Why Ecclestone can’t let go of F1 Bernie Ecclestone insists he's not bitter about his departure from an all-powerful position in Formu... 1492560000 F1
Why F1 races can't be moved from Sunday The Chinese Grand Prix's flirtation with cancellation highlighted Formula 1's inflexibility when it ... 1491955200 F1
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