A bit of mystery surrounds an interview where Bernie Ecclestone apparently confirmed what many had been thinking, that Mercedes' success comes with more than a little help from the FIA.
"Mercedes knew more about the power unit because their engineers were in close contact with the FIA when the new engine concept was being defined" Ecclestone is said told SkySport Italy. the story was picked up by various sites and the interview clip posted on SkySport's site but that video has since been if not deleted, certainly disabled.
What's going on here?
The story has gained enough traction to merit a response from Mercedes via twitter
@VivianBove No, it's not true. We all had same rules at same time.
— MERCEDES AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) March 18, 2015
That's not exactly what Bernie is reposted to have said is it? Yes they all got the rules at the same time once they were written, Mr.E hints Mercedes had a bit more influence/knowledge as to how those rules were going to be written.
The obvious question is, where were the Ferrari and Renault engineers also part of the working group?
It's clear there has been a long term plan to bring Mercedes on top of the sport and such a plan, one can rest assured, was not an FIA plan, it was a Bernie plan. From the engine regulations to bringing Hamilton to the team to the "secret tests". Bernie's fingerprints are all over this. Now Mr.E wants to make his other customers happy, first Vettel lands at Ferrari and now the series cannot afford to lose Red Bull money, so the boss calls for a power shakeup.
Will it work? You would think Ferrari would be on board but they must be confident in the progress they have made. Red Bull is complaining but Renault is not, that also is interesting.
So why has the story been buried? The reporter, Antonio Boselli, a very good journalist. has been mute about it. It is possible he got it wrong and backtracked but is it impossible to think someone asked him a favor he could not refuse?
F1 is a shark tank, swim at your own risk but remember, it's not always the tallest fish who's the most vicious!