What politics are in store for F1 2011

What politics are in store for F1 2011

Dieter Rencken sees echoes of the past in the coming battle for control over Formula 1 and its lucrative commercial rights as he takes a look ahead to the political landscape for the sport over the season to come

Strange how history is set to repeat itself 30 years after Formula 1 signed its first Concorde Agreement on the evening of 19 January 1981. Although the document – which at that stage was a bipartite agreement since the commercial rights had not yet been hived off to a separate entity - was agreed, acrimony still rumbled on for another two years.

In 1981 the season-opening race at Kyalami was canned as a world championship round (although for reasons of politicking rather than civil strife). A drivers' strike over regulations followed the next year, while in 1983 the championship-winning driver was propelled by a four-cylinder inline turbocharged engine based on production technology.

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