Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone will have to wait another few months before the Bavarian regional court in Germany decides whether or not to indict him on bribery charges.
The court announced last week that it was still waiting for further submissions from Bernie's lawyers and, because of the need to change one of the five judges involved in the case, the whole process will be put back while the replacement gets acquainted with the details. The chief judge in the case remains the same.
The new delay means that F1 will remain in a state of uncertainty about the future because so much hangs on the outcome of the case, and people involved are loathe to make any big decisions unless they absolutely have to because they do not know what is going to happen. This has led to something of a stagnation in F1 in recent months.
On paper, CVC Capital Partners is still trying to sell its remaining shares in the Formula One group. The idea of a flotation is on permanent hold (although no-one will admit that) and the firm has struggled to find anyone interested in a private sale, despite the fact that the Formula One company's profit margins are a private equity dream.
What is really interesting is the news the other day that CVC is going to be bidding to buy sports marketing agency IMG. This story has been kicking around for a while but the announcement that its bid is in league with Bahrain’s Mumtalakat Holding and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority has made it rather more interesting because both of these companies are very active in F1 and want to see the sport in good hands.