The FIA has done an excellent job in dragooning everybody in F1 into believing that it knows best when it comes to the issue of cost reduction in the sport's most senior category.

F1 But there is evidence this week that the driving force behind this need for change is being driven not by altruistic concern for the smaller teams' survival, but by the profligacy of those charged with steering the sport's high powered finances.

Claims from Max Mosley that the sport's commercial "sustainability" is under threat have not been able to quash grumblings from the competing teams that they are fed up with being lectured to like children, when the real problem is the amount of money being sucked out of the sport to service the debts of the commercial rights holder CVC Capital Partners.

A recent analysis by a national newspaper of accounts for the year to last December of Formula One's holding company, Delta3 (UK), flags up the reality that CVC Capital, which bought the sport from a consortium of banks two years ago, loaded more than $2.4bn of bank loans on to it as part the leveraged buyout.

In addition to these were almost $2.6bn of loans from CVC, although the private equity firm insists it will not enforce repayment of this debt since it acts only as a standard tax-reduction mechanism.