Why politics will take centre stage in F1 2012

Why politics will take centre stage in F1 2012

The coming Formula 1 season looks set to be the most political since the now infamous FIA/FOTA battle that nearly led to a breakaway series in 2009. Dieter Rencken analyses what's at stake

Back in 2009, after an uneasy peace broke out during the most acrimonious season in recent Formula 1 history, 2012 was slated as the final year of the old F1 with its antiquated regulations (some of which hark back to the 1990s); the final season under a make-shift Concorde Agreement.

For the first time, F1 would synchronise its outline regulations and the sport's regulating document in such fashion that both would become effective at the start of 2013, then run through to the end of 2017. To this end the teams made a good start when they extended the Resource Restriction Agreement as framed by their umbrella body, the Formula One Teams' Association, to that point. Alas, it proved too good to be true…

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