Is the key to the whole F1 bust-up not tied up in broadcast rights? The Beeb is contracted to broadcast coverage of F1 for the next five years and it is hard to see them spending more licence fee money doing the same for a breakaway championship, harder still for the currently parlous terrestrial commercial stations to do the same.

Read about the F1 bust-up here

What then? It’s hard to see sponsors shelling out the millions constructors need to fund their teams on the promise of a few hours on Dave at the weekend. If this problem is replicated in whole or even substantial part in other regions around the world, the F1 teams are going to face the budget cuts they’re trying to avoid any way. Maybe Rupert Murdoch has the answer?