Online: Rocking the boat

Online: Rocking the boat

Formula 1's new order in 2009 presents a conundrum for the prime movers in the driver market. Do they stay with the established teams, or jump ship to the likes of Brawn GP and Red Bull Racing

When it emerged over the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend that Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo was flying in on race day to be near his troubled team, it gave a clear message about the difficulties that some of the once mighty teams have been facing this year thanks to the ripping up of the formbook.

At Sakhir, you had Ferrari pulling together to try and get its worst start to a Formula 1 season back on track. There was McLaren diverting attention for its pretty poor start with cocktails and ice-cream (although to be fair, progress is being made on track), and all BMW Sauber could do was keep its fingers crossed that the super update it has coming for the Spanish Grand Prix will go some way to arresting a huge slide down the order.

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