A secret meeting of the team bosses, negotiations taking place in the dark reaches of un-disclosed locations and plenty of cloak and dagger to cover it up.Welcome the F1 in 2013.
So what is all this about then? Apparently several journalists have spotted Christian Horner, the Red Bull team boss, heading into the Ferrari factory recently, and rumours started to circulate immediately, that either he or Adrian Newey, the wizz behind the Red Bull car´s design success, was contemplating a move to Maranello. However, this is not the case.
A German journalist, Michael Schmidt, was also at the meeting and reported that Horner, Martin Whitmarsh, Niki Lauda and Bernie Ecclestone was having a talk with Ferrari supremo Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, regarding the 2013 Concorde Agreement, which has still not been signed by the FIA.
The only deal already signed is a financial package, which gives the teams 60% of the revenue for the season. Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull and Mercedes receives a bigger slices than the rest of the teams. The FIA is yet to sign and the governing body is reportedly asking for $40m slice of the pie. But until then, the “processes for agreeing and enforcing rules are currently up in the air,” as one website said.
Ecclestone was heard mention, that he did not think it was necessary to sign the Concorde Agreement…