You may read in some of the English newspapers today about a supposed rift between Mercedes AMG Petronas executives Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda. This morning, when we reached the paddock in Abu Dhabi, we bumped into the team principals emerging from a meeting about engines with Bernie Ecclestone. Christian Horner and Cyril Abiteboul were all but hand-in-hand, despite the problems that have existed between Renault and Red Bull, but it was the two Mercedes chiefs who caught our attention, laughing and joking and suggesting that it would be a good idea to suggest to the world that all is well between them and they are close to becoming F1’s first high-profile same-sex couple. Clearly there was not much wrong between them. So we suggested that it would be a good idea for them to show the world that they are still mates. So, here it is, ladies and gentlemen, with no Photoshop involved, Niki and Toto “doing their thing” in the Abu Dhabi paddock. So what on earth could the newspapers have been on about – and why?