As ever in the high-intrigue world of F1 politics, what is not said always has more value that what is freedly revealed. That is doubly true if the shrewd Bernie Ecclestone is at the steering wheel.
Firstly, while some interpreted Saturday’s news as a 2013 Concorde Agreement being done and dusted, the F1 chief executive’s short statement in fact merely said “the terms” of the next contract have been agreed.
And the major keyword was that “the majority” of the teams – including Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull – are on board.
“Bernie’s used the word majority,” McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh is quoted by the Mirror. “If there are 12 teams, that’s seven or more. I don’t know any more.”
The big missing domino is Mercedes, who according to multiple media sources are holding out for now. Another is the famous British outfit Williams.
“All agreements between FOM and the teams are normally subject to confidentiality clauses,” Red Bull’s Christian Horner is quoted in German reports.
“So I can’t comment.”
Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reported that, in addition to the aforementioned top teams, also set to sign up for 2013 are Red Bull sister team Toro Rosso and Ferrari-powered Sauber.
Lotus and Force India are reportedly also part of that group.
That leaves just the three slowest teams Caterham, Marussia and HRT as the other teams remaining in the cold.