F1 2015: The political year in review

F1 2015: The political year in review

Engine politics dominated paddock talk during the 2015 Formula 1 season. DIETER RENCKEN dissects a year of "frenemies", broken relationships, new alliances and the European Union

The seeds for Formula 1's 2015 season were sown a good two months before 2014 gave way to the new year, when Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne replaced long-time Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo with his good self as part of an overall management restructure..

It was at this point that, for Ferrari, F1 mutated from a marginally profitable global-marketing pedestal for the company's road cars to a full-on profit centre within Gruppo Fiat. It was also the point at which Marchionne started playing an active role in F1 by attending Strategy Group and F1 Commission meetings - convened by the Italo-Canadian's former subordinate, Jean Todt.

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