I read some interesting comments the other morning from Max Mosley, president of motorsport's governing body the FIA, scourge of Sir Jackie Stewart and general all-round politician.

Apart from saying that Lewis Hamilton 'might be negative' for F1 (a bizarre suggestion, given how the young Briton has opened up the sport to a whole new fan base), Max described the yawnworthy politics that dogged the 2007 season thus: "Although the behind-the-scenes stuff was annoying for us and the people concerned, for the public it really adds to the general interest".

I find this statement astonishing. Does Max - a lawyer, we should not forget - really think that motorsport fans enjoy courtroom shenanigans? Personally I'd rather pull my own teeth than listen to protracted arguments from Mosley, his line-up of FIA officials and F1 team lawyers on a wet Wednesday in Paris.

My interest in Formula One is centred - focused entirely, in fact - on the racing. So I find the FIA's unparalleled ability to drag whatever happens on a Sunday afternoon into a courtroom three weeks after the event rather tiresome.