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
The blunders that left F1 chasing its tail F1 has chased its tail over the last decade when it comes to finding new venues for the calendar. Is... 1508284800 F1
The road-car fad F1 must avoid at all costs The seemingly never-ending topic of F1's road relevance will probably influence its next decision on... 1507680000 F1
How F1 is creating its secret stars of the future Navigating the junior racing categories to make it into Formula 1 as a driver is hard enough, but to... 1507248000 F1
The paradox that could fix F1's biggest flaw The announcement that Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi was becoming CEO of Roborace raised eyebrow... 1505865600 FE
Why F1's lost promise is a reality again No, you've not gone back in time - a budget cap is back on Formula 1's agenda. It won't be immediate... 1505347200 F1
Why a Formula 1 fan revolution is coming Formula 1 needs less talk and more action from those at the top. It's going in the right direction, ... 1504656000 F1
Has F1's new owner made a difference in its first year? One year ago, Liberty Media took charge of Formula 1. What has it achieved? And more to the point, w... 1504051200 F1
How McLaren is spinning off into a technology giant The house that Bruce McLaren built got bigger under Ron Dennis - and it's getting bigger still. McLa... 1503446400 F1
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

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