Manipulation, however you want to characterize the word, is one of the traits of any great leader. Those in power must be able to take control of the situations put forth in front of them and alter them to their own advantage. This skill, perhaps more than any other, is the hallmark of somebody destined to run the show in their chosen interest.
The problem with manipulation is that it's a very negatively charged word. But let's be frank—any leader that you've ever admired or respected has been an incredible manipulator. Such is the case in motorsports as well. The following ten personalities, ranging from team owners to head honchos, have carved out their niches by taking charge of various situations and altering the outcome in their favor.
All of these figures are, or recently were, among the most powerful in their respective series. Simply uttering their name will cause blood to boil in some fans, or lead to an endless string of praise from others. Without further ado, and listed alphabetically: