F1 2014: A political year in review

F1 2014: A political year in review

During 2014, Formula 1 had as much action on the track as off it. DIETER RENCKEN summarises a busy and complex political year

The 2014 Formula 1 political season ended precisely as it started: With much squabbling over costs and engine regulations at Formula 1 Commission level. Both issues remain unresolved despite F1's three player groups (governing body FIA, commercial rights holder FOM and the team collective) vowing to engineer solutions that should be the work of a moment - but for F1's intransigent governance procedure.

The scene was set during pre-season testing when F1 tsar Bernie Ecclestone vehemently criticised the (lack of) sound of 2014's power units and their (initial) unreliability despite not having heard the complex hybrid technology run on track.

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