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GP Week : Issue 38
What’s the point? WHY is it that on the verge of one of the most potentially open and exciting F1 seasons in a long time, there’s been so much controversy? If it’s not been diffusers, it’s been points systems or budget caps. Can’t we all just get along? The recent decisions of the World Moto Sport Council, in rejecting the suggestions and recommendations of FOTA, have been met with widespread dismay throughout the Formula 1 world. Viewed by the politically cynical as a ploy by the governing powers to show FOTA that, no matter how unified and no matter how important they held themselves to be, they were not the ultimate power in the sport, it was a shame that so close to the start of the season the talk had turned back to politics. It would be a true cynic who suggested that the decisions of the WMSC had been made as a demonstration of political muscle and the drawing of battle lines in a power struggle for ultimate control of the future direction of the sport, but it wouldn’t take a staggering imagination to come up with such an idea. Why else would a seemingly sensible FOTA suggestion for a 2009 points system be dismissed in favour of one that nobody ever wanted? Why else would such a savage budget cap be enforced in such a short timescale? Did the economic climate dictate that such a move was essential in the latter? One could argue it was a legitimising factor. But for the former, what possible reason could there be, other than to simply show who was boss? The noises coming out of the FIA are that Max Mosley believed the teams widely Will Buxton GPWeek Editor supported such a change in championship decisions, in spite of the fact that they had, between themselves, backed a completely different option! Regardless, the WMSC’s forgetfulness over the FIA’s own regulations means we won’t have to worry about this until 2010 when, according to Bernie Ecclestone, we will definitely see the new system put in place, no matter what those who compete within the sport actually want or deem sensible. So while it is a shame that the ugly face of politics has shown itself so close to the start ADVERTISE in GPWEEK to access a huGE global audience 12 opinion