Ross the Boss of Bosses?
Triumph of the Triumvirate or Ross' Rubicon?
In a few days Ross Brawn will lay his cards on the table for a 'Formula for the Future' for F1' from 2021. But this must be a slightly tense time for the old campaigner. He has already had a rude put down from the boss of Ferrari, Sergio Marchionne who has accused him of trying to 'dumb down' the sport. Both Mercedes and Ferrari have made noises about taking the ball and playing in another (as yet unspecified) park elsewhere. So its going to be an interesting weekend, to say the least.
Just to add a little spice to the pot, the not very retired ex-boss, Bernie Ecclestone, has suggested that Ross has eyes on the Big Prize itself, CEO of F1, reasoning that neither Chase Carey or Sean Bratches (both Americans) would prefer not to spend the rest of their professional lives in this rain drenched, sun deprived, semi-Brexited isle, much as they profess to love it. He might have a good point. Bernie was always an astute judge of people. I always thought he knew me better than I knew myself. But this particular spice might be more of poison pill designed to undermine Ross in the eyes of the hitherto tight-knit Triumvirate. Naughty old Ecclestone! He'd never do a thing like that. Would he?
But Ross is in a very strong position. Provided he is not beheaded or stabbed in the back, he may very well become the next Emperor of F1, which would be fine by me. Just as long as he doesn't declare himself divine.