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.