Can you imagine a scene, rival team personnel calling out to Christian Horner:
"Sorry mate, maybe we can find a spot for you here at Manor"
OK, it probably didn't go down quite that way but that Horner's spot as Red Bull is under threat is all over the UK media today.
Horner himself has denied it saying, ironically for anyone with even a peripheral understanding of how things happen in F1: "I have a contract"
Those who have been around a while will see the delicious irony in Horner's calls for helping Honda, changing regulations, throwing F1 up in the air and starting over.
Almost everyone agrees the current formula is a mess but Christian has a couple of immediate problems.
Google is not Horner's friend when it comes to his attacking other teams for trying to change rules in order to be competitive with the then
Although Ferrari has a long way to go before it can do more than threaten Mercedes by running low fuel on Fridays, that substantial progress can be made under the current regulations is now a proven fact. Renault instead has chosen to write off 2015 to work towards next season or perhaps a future engine spec and regulations that are yet to be defined.
A new set of regulations which more and voices are calling for being implemented not in 2017 but already next year, if the teams can come to an agreement.
Horner, being notoriously close to Ecclestone, has called for Bernie to just decide, or Ross "I'm still fishing" Brawn. I'm sure that will go down well.
The sport as a whole seems to have finally realized how many are tuning out and is in a bit of a panic. Part is due to the incessant drumbeat of "F1 is just terrible", an agenda pursued a bit too vigorously by those with an interest against the current Mercedes domination.
That drumbeat is remixed and amplified on Social media, which is inundated with "in the old days in F1..." type posts. Ironically some of F1's most revered moments are the Senna-Prost years of single team domination.
Fans have always complained about F1, it's just that many today were not around or choose to forget. Turbos were always breaking, Bridgestones were not fair, Ferrari was using the FIA, Mclaren cheated, Prost had Bellestre, Brawn had the double diffuser.... the list is endless.
Red Bull organized a classic 80's or so F1 parade, with Lauda, Berger, Prost, Piquet, Patrese and Martini driving. It true "golden era" 80s fashion, one turbo car blew up on the first lap and another just never worked,. My, how things have changed right?
Well, one thing has changed and should be corrected.
Back in that era, F1 was very much about technology development, a race between manufacturers to see who could come up with the cleverest engineering solution within a specific set of rules. The current engine freeze scheme flies in the face of something that always was part of F1's' DNA.
Where does that profit go? Outside the sport to its commercial rights holders which don't seem especially interested in reinvesting in long term health of the sport. How much of it goes into other expensive trappings that have nothing to do with anyone outside the small closed circle that is the "Circus"?
preferably tall women in skimpy outfits), and generally look inward, how are you surprised when those fans finally tune out?
"The paying audience at the Austrian GP was half of what it was last year".
Last year, the inaugural race at the revamped Red Bull Ring had to request special maximum capacity dispensation from the local government in order to fit the quarter of a million spectators on hand over the week end for races, free concerts and assorted Red Bull organized and subsidized activities.
This year, attendance was indeed just about half that but, how is anyone shocked less people would make the pilgrimage to a track in the Austrian alps, 100 miles from the closest airport and where there are nothing like the number of hotel rooms needed in town?
Get more fans to the track.
You can see more of an F1 race on television but fans are made when they first see the car in person, when they smell it, when they are a little frightened by it.
The new buzzy sounds of F1 don't help but that doesn't seem to deter endurance racing's newfound popularity. The difficulty of attending a race is becoming a very real issue, it's just so expensive between travel, price gouging hotels and venue ticket.
Monza, a track that makes logistical sense being in a large metropolitan area, is being squeezed to bring it up to par with what the FOM charges attention seeking despots and oligarchs to stage a race. Monza will inevitably have to raise prices further reducing audience in a key region for the sport.
Fix ticket prices and rethink the engine freeze and many of F1's current problems will work themselves out.
But I guarantee complaining won't stop.