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.

Upon reflection, though, perhaps Max's biggest fear is that the new generation of Lewis fans will be more interested in what happens on the track instead of what happens in the courtrooms and steward's meetings. And then the sport's governing body would be under unprecedented pressure to deliver a really entertaining sporting spectacle, not just legal minutiae.

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