Max Versus 'The Loonies': Seconds Out, Round One, Fight!

Bleacher ReportContributor IJune 21, 2009

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JUNE 07:  (L-R) Renault Team Principal Flavio Briatore, Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner and supermodel Naomi Campbell are seen on the grid before the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at Istanbul Park on June 7, 2009, in Istanbul, Turkey.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

So Max Mosley versus, and this is in fairness a great and well-used description of the enemy, "the Loonies."  Who's going to win?  A supreme war of power where the sheer existence of F1 is at stake—maybe we should sky box office this shizzle?

Anyway, before I go pay Rupert Murdoch a visit with an incredibly viable business proposition, as the team principle most likely to be associated with the Loonies (I'll apologise for the amount of "Maxisms" up front), Flavio Briatorie now fancies himself as "The Bernie."

Flav says, and this is a direct quote from the British grand prix, that he "loves" Little B and yet preposterously his hands are already so far in Bernie's pockets that Mr. Ecclestone hasn't needed any Viagra for weeks!

From a sporting point of view there is absolutely no question that by capping the budget for all teams with the same rules, at around about the £60 million mark F1 would maintain itself as the pinnacle of motor sport.

There's no doubt in my mind about that.  No other series could compete with that type of spending, however it's a low enough figure for some privateers who maybe think that they could get away with only spending about £40 million and still have a competitive package, putting an 2010 entry forward.

I firmly believe that's how F1 should progress.  And it should be called F1." And it should feature Ferrari, all the other teams that are currently there, and a few new ones who want to be.

A breakaway series that governs itself would be an absolute farce.  It would pan out as everyone basically working for Flavio and that lawyer...erm...oh yeah, Luca-Di-something or other.  It would be similar to the Bernie and Max situation we have at present, only without any level of Democracy and with a whole lot of hidden agendas.

Flav is great man, and both an intelligent and charismatic team principle. It just makes no sense to me whatsoever trying to set up a breakaway series.  The F1 infrastructure is already in place, not to mention the sheer history that should be respected.

On the one hand, Flavio's adamant that the breakaway is going to happen. On the other hand Max says it'll all be sorted in a few weeks.  It's a frustrating, almost childish argument to listen to.

Frankly, I don't trust the future of the sport in either pair of hands.  The FIA need to publish official,  unchangeable rules for next year and let Bernie work his magic with the teams and FOTA to get them to re-sign.  Flav needs to wind his neck in and Max needs to stop taking close to a decade to make each important decision.

Like the meerkat from that ridiculasly annoying advert would say..."simples."