Exclusive: How to run a Grand Prix
TG gains unprecedented access for a behind-the-scenes look at the FIA at work at the Brazil 2012 finale
Posted: 19 Feb 2013
Fortunately, the proper analysis of things, though controversial in a way that only F1 can be, is also much easier than ever before. We follow Whiting down a flight of stairs from his office and into Race Control, which has a definite bunker feel despite being located on the fourth floor. With its blacked-out windows, the principal focus of attention is the wall of 30-odd full-size monitors at the front of the room. Charlie takes his seat beside the FIA's official observer Herbie Blash, a similarly silver-haired ex-Brabham figure, and the image is a borderline surreal blend of Big Brother and The Truman Show with racing cars. I wonder how Orwellian F1 can become: "Is there anywhere left to hide? "Certainly far fewer places than before," Whiting drily observes.