There’s a lot of post-race jibber-jabber on the Internet at the moment, following the excitements in Monaco, but beyond the he said-she said stuff and wild speculation, there is not much real news. What all this has done is to bury the noise issue (which is good). It has also quietened talk about the 2015 driver market, which was just beginning in Monaco. It has also deflected attention away from the serious questions about the future funding of F1, which is important because some teams want to drive out the little teams and either run third cars or supple customer teams. Both are short-sighted and not in the interest of the sport. What needs to be is for there to be an equitable distribution of revenues, based on two criteria: the fact that a team is there; and the results that a team achieves. What should be forbidden are other payments used to induce teams to agree to do things. These are wrong and unfair. Perhaps the spread of the money based on success should change as well, with a smaller gap between the first and the last, thus ensuring that the amounts paid are not wildly different. In that way the haves and have-nots will be closer and the competition more intense. The essence of F1 is the fact that teams use different cars, turning into spec car racing will not really help because the teams with resources will still be ahead, however using different cars means that small teams can still be successful if they are clever. Ten years ago the Red Bull Racing and Mercedes teams were bit players in F1. They worked and invested and today they are at the front while the likes of Williams and Lotus have faded. This is how it should be and just because they have been successful does not mean Red Bull and Mercedes should get more power or money. If they are still there is 20 years maybe, but there are still arrivistes in F1 and as we have often seen in the past, such people come and go. They don’t care about the sport beyond what it can do for them. The key to maintaining the right balance is to have a federation that stands up to the commercial forces and tells them what is important and not a federation that trails along behind, picking up crumbs from the table. There is a strong sense in F1 circles at the moment that the FIA is weak. They won’t say it out loud for obvious reasons but they will say it to people like me and that is the overriding message at the moment: the FIA needs to lead to protect its most important asset.