I am now officially bored with the fate of Vijay Mallya. What happens happens and if he goes to jail then so be it. What has always interested me is that the people he employs in F1 (some damned good ones) are treated in the right way and his record in this respect is not good. So, let us see what happens. There are plenty of Indian websites out there, reporting what is happening in India, so I don’t really need to do it. It is not pretty. Those who defend him, who say that he is a racing fan and thus can be forgiven his transgressions, are fools. Rules are rules and if he has broken them, then perhaps they will break him. Or perhaps not. Rich people can get away with a lot of stuff. That is not right, nor fair, but it is a reality.
Anyway, that brings me on to Bernie Ecclestone ( excuse the segue) and the stories this morning in the Daily Telegraph (copied six hours later by The Mail) about a report being delivered to the board of Delta Topco about whether Bernie should replaced or not. This is a bit of a daft story because it is patently obvious that there needs to be a succession plan. The key question is who planted the story with the Telegraph. My gut feeling is that it is CVC because they need to be seen to be doing something when their CEO is talking down the sport to the extent he is. If I was an investor in the business I would be asked Donald Mackenzie of CVC what the “blazes” is going on, if I had read the recent remarks by BE about the sport. Thus it is in their interest to try to water down the problem by saying that there is a plan to discuss a plan for the future (when they might have a plan).
At the end of the day, it does not mean much unless CVC says: “Bernie, you’re gone”, and that isn’t going to happen, is it? If they didn’t kick him into touch when he was up before the beak in Germany, then they will stick with him until (the Russians get to the bunker… And there is no sign of that happening just yet. They are barely over the Oder–Neisse line at the moment.
If this is all gibberish to you, try googling some of the terms and you may get the picture.
In the meantime, the F1 world is going to remain as it is. A mess that needs sorting.