There does need to be a separation between competitors and the rule book. For that we have the FIA, however, it also needs to be run competently which it hasn’t been in the past. I mean Mosley was bad, but by all accounts his predecessor was far worse. The teams should not be completely cut out of the running of the sport, their input is vital, in the end they are the sports beating heart. They have proved themselves capable, recently, of intelligently working together for the good of the sport. After all what is good for the sport as a whole tends to be good for them, the new generation of team bosses seems to realize this. They tend to regulate each other fairly well as well, Mercedes wonít let Renault blatantly twist the rules if they have an equal say. The FIAís role should be to take opinions then have the final word. Since the organisation seems to have ended itís role as Ferrariís plaything, the teams having an active role in what they think the rules look like, with the FIA as the ultimate authority in the end doesnít strike me as a bad way to keep the rule book in the right shape. An as technology constantly changes the game, the rules will always have to keep evolving.
Commercially, F1 has benefited on the whole from it’s aggressive corporate outlook under Bernie Ecclestone, in some ways at the expense of it’s soul. However, there is no reason for the commercial direction and operational side of the sport not to be in place for the benefit of the sport alone. Track upgrades, better viewing, HD, more money for the teams, particularly smaller teams, investments in grassroots karting programmes in deprived nations, could all be funded by the profits generated by F1. Not for the pockets of Bernie Ecclestone or faceless, money-grabbing, self-interested CVC.