Bernie Ecclestone no longer runs Formula 1 but that has not stopped him sending out his traditional Christmas card, this year’s rendition features the ten team principals colluding while being overseen by the sport’s new boss Chase Carey and FIA chief Jean Todt.
The card, which was soon circulated on Twitter, has the heading: “Just organising the plotting!”
The cartoon shows caricatures of Red Bull chief Christian Horner having his ear bent by Mercedes counterpart Toto Wolff in the forefront, watched on by a far too cool looking Zak Brown.
Behind them, Claire Williams, Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene and Toro Rosso chief Franz Tost are in deep conversation while Haas team principal Guenther Steiner seems to be sprinting across the pitlane towards no particular destination.
For some reason, Sauber’s Frederic Vasseur is eavesdropping on a conversation on the pitwall between Racing Point’s Otmar Szafnauer and Renault’s Cyril Abiteboul.
In the background, inside the darkened pit garage a couple of engineers are sharing a whisper in the shadows.
Overseeing the scenario in the pitlane, from the Ferrari team balcony, are finger-wagging Todt and a smiling Carey. What’s with the Starbucks coffee?
At the same time, a Mercedes leads a Ferrari on the track, in front of an almost empty grandstand with a total of two F1 fans watching the scene.
As usual, Bernie’s mischievous Christmas card stirs the pot with the hidden messages and innuendos as we all tuck in for the festive season before the adventure of next season.
Big Question: Any interesting and/or wicked interpretations out there of Bernie’s latest Christmas card?