Speculation has been rife over recent weeks that Grand Prix motor racing might evolve into an interesting and competitive sport.
Accompanied by his leggy 28 year old girlfriend, former Vogue cover girl Charlotte Montague, the diminutive 80 year old multi-billionaire F1 finance chief 'Little Bernie' Ecclestone addressed those concerns in a BBC interview.
"This year's rule changes have resulted in more overtaking manoeuvers than we'd like; of course I accept that even one is one too many. Also, if I'm being completely honest, Sebastian [Vettel] does smile a bit too much. But he's still young and we can work on that."
When questioned, Ecclestone was confident that the traditional Sunday afternoon snooze in front of the TV will be fully reinstated by next season "There are encouraging signs that this is already happening. We're almost back to the good old days. We've got a German driver winning most races and Lewis Hamilton running other drivers off the track and then blaming them for it. Not quite as good as when Michael [Schumacher] used to do both, but we're definitely getting there."
A Hat tip of some size or other to Vertically Challenged Giant. He sez 'Not a Big One'