The fight for F1's governance

The fight for F1's governance

A crucial meeting between F1 chiefs at Suzuka concluded without much progress on many of the sport's serious issues. Ahead of another crucial get-together in Paris this month, Dieter Rencken unravels the rows that are brewing

Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix was extremely significant, not so much for Fernando Alonso's self-inflicted retirement or Sebastian Vettel's domination – nor even that the reigning champion eased to the first back-to-back victory of the season, or the unusually sunny Suzuka weather.

What made the day remarkable occurred precisely six hours before the start of the race – to wit at 0900 in the Lotus hospitality building, which hosted a FOTA-convened meeting in full view of the paddock.

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