June 24, 2009

There have been many books written on the subject of Leadership. One aspect of leadership is that it is often all about timing, being in the right place at the right time (and similarly being in the wrong place at the wrong time). F1 is littered with examples of teams who entered with the wrong car at the wrong time such as Aston Martin and Ferguson in the 1960s and Lotus and Brabham in the 1970s and 1980s. Similarly individuals come and go, some like Bernie Ecclestone and Max Mosley moved from team ownership to become involved in the running F1 in the early 1980s when they represented the British based Formula 1 constructors in opposition to the FIA and the car manufacturers. They were in the right place at the right time, but they also made the most of their opportunity and progressively strengthened their position over the years.

 Now we are in a different place with different antagonists, but many of the same principles apply. So who will end up being in the right place at the right time? Two of the most influential management figures in Formula 1 over the last twenty years are currently conspicuous by their low profile and silence on all matters related to the FIA/FOTA schism. They are Ron Dennis formerly of McLaren, and Jean Todt formerly of Ferrari. They both achieved many victories when at the helm of their respective teams, they also both have reputations as great leaders and as bringers of change within the sport. They may well be now enjoying life on other projects away from the politics of F1, or maybe one or both of these individuals will end up being in the right place at the right time. Time will tell.



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