Let’s get a few things straight – Number 1. Charlie Whiting who was self declared “Mr. FIA” concerning FIA regulations governing F1, wrote a rule book to ensure the Race Director (himself) was always right. Mercedes appeals post the F1 2021 finale in the desert were always doomed.
Number 2: Further, had Toto et al decided to go to the FIA court of Appeal, it was highly unlikely that body would rule against it’s own members. As soon as Toto when crowd surfing and got wasted 3 hours after the Abu Dhabi GP, any thought of legal action was finished.
Number 3: The FIA regulations state, the F1 champion will be declared at the annual FIA bash. So any legal claims following that were futile. The FIA awards ceremony – given time differences – happens less than 3 days following the end of the final 2021 race.
Number 4: Here’s a bit of history. Daimler Benz, the rather boring brand that was a gloabl car manufacturer, were persuaded to buy the Brackley F1 outfit on the basis that they could dominate F1 for the best part of a decade – if enough money was invested.
Now, getting a global automotive car manufacture to invest billions into F1 was always a difficult sell for Bernie Ecclestone. Yet Toto Wolff pulled it off. Having sold 1990’s dot.com bubble tech companies for millions, which were just a bloke in his back bedroom with a good idea, he knew the value of marketing.
So Toto’s whiz deal to Stuttgart was, instead of spending billions in thousands of global publications globally, why not spend it on an F1 team and dominate the sport for a decade. As Lewis Hamilton said, the global eyeballs for the sport column reports – win after win – was worth billions a year to Daimler.
Thus F1 entered it’s darkest ever era. The most dominant team building the most dominant car, with the vast funds of a global car manufacturer saving a fortune on regular advertising. And consequently, the GOAT of F1 was born, fawned over by the British media who are obsessed with diversity and the story of a kid from Stevenage who made good.
The fact that any Mercedes driver, was they only driver to win an F1 title for 7 seasons is lost on the Hamfosi (Tifosi derivative).
Anyway, the dollar pays and the dollar must be obeyed.
As soon as Toto and his buddie the barrister stormed the FIA in Abu Dhabi to demand Lewis be enshrined as the 2021 WDC, the board in Stuttgart were messaging each other.
Conversations like, ‘comrades, we’ve had a fabulous decade of free global marketing, it’s time to be gracious. Any protracted legal battle over what is in fact just a motor race, will damage the brand we’ve spent gazillions on’.
So Toto (the Oz dog) was called off. And now the appeal to higher legal opinion will not be heard.
Fact 5: Sir Loo was just part of a global corporation’s sales ambitions. He was a mere vehicle for them to express their historically revised diverse views on the world – and sell more cars.
Yes, Lewis ended up with loads of F1 WDC’s, but when he needed his German masters, they ditched him.
IMHO, Sir Loo will quit F1 racing now. The challenge coming from St. George his new team mate… and the British fans true local gladiatorial representative, will be immense. And of course George will have the same car as Loo. And if perchance Mercedes have a secretly spent a few more billion and created another dominant package again for 2022, we’ll all clearly see it was the car that mattered.
Lesson: When you allow global billion dollar corporate players to dominate your team (cf. Man Utd and the Glaziers), expect the predictable. You will get hired Lackey’s who will achieve their purpose, for ‘The Empire’ and in this case subsequently both Toto (woof) and Sir Loo (the diverse oppressed Brit) have played their roles impeccably.
(PS: Lewis is the alleged oppressed humble guy from Stevenage. Yet in fact he was supported by some old white privileged bloke – Ron Dennis – with fortunes of dollar every year whilst in karting since the age of 12. Funds all his competitors could not compete with).
The sad thing is, with all his fame and fortune and Hollywood jet-set buddies, ‘I still rise’ can’t afford to own/run an F1 team for minorities. He just doesn’t have the clout or the cash. Hey…. Maybe he should speak to Oprah. She can definitely afford it.