I’ve just heard a very, very interesting rumour in the Istanbul Park paddock.
Following a morning meeting of FOTA and their respective team drivers, a decision has apparently been reached to boycott this afternoon’s race. Yep, it’ll be Indianapolis 2005 all over again.
The rumour says that at the end of the formation lap, all 16 FOTA cars will pull into the pits and pull out of the event. By running the formation lap, they may not have fallen foul of their contract to take part in the event. The governing statutes are unclear on this point.
That will then leave us with four cars – the Williamses of Rosberg and Nakajima and the Force Indias of Sutil and Fisichella.
But is it actually going to happen? Right now we just don’t know. After submitting their block entry, FOTA doesn’t really have any cards left to play in its war with Max Mosley and the FIA over the 2010 regulations… save for boycotting a race, and giving fans of Formula 1 a potential vision of how the sport would look if the FOTA teams pulled out.
Could this be the final card in FOTA’s hand; the last play of the match? With no Bernie Ecclestone and no Max Mosley in Istanbul, there’s not even anyone, save Alan Donnely, to mediate.
With empty grandstands and its future already in doubt, the Turkish Grand Prix is almost the perfect place to pull off such a stunt.
With under two hours until the race is set to get underway, this rumour is gathering pace with every minute.
While many consider it hugely unlikely, it still might not be a bad idea to have a small punt on Nico Rosberg for the race win.