One of the delights of surfing the web in search of Formula One news and gossip is occasionally stumbling upon something totally delicious.
Monday, on the official Ferrari team website (www.ferrari.com), there appeared a column written by a person or persons unknown who writes his or her stuff under the pen name "The Horse Whisperer."
That it appears on the official site of Scuderia Ferrari means that it has the formal blessing of senior management and is not just the wacco meanderings of some gossip-monger.
In the instalment – and I’m going to print the whole thing in a second – it takes a huge shot at ex-FIA chief Max Mosley, two of the new F1 teams (Campos and USF1) and, if you read between the lines, the one and only Bernie Ecclestone.
The underlying theme is that the new teams shouldn’t even be in F1 and more should have been done to retain the manufacturers – or that’s what some pundits have suggested.
You decide, because here it is:
"MARANELLO, 22nd February – Only less than three weeks to go until the ultimate form of motor sport, the Formula One World Championship, gets under way, while celebrating its Sixtieth birthday this year.
"For many of the teams, this coming week is a crucial one, as the bell rings to signal the final lap, with the last test session getting under way in Barcelona. It is one last chance to run the cars on track, to push reliability to the limit and to try and find some performance.
"That’s the situation for many teams but not for all of them. Of the 13 teams who signed up, or were induced to sign up, for this year’s Championship, to date only 11 of them have heeded the call, turning up on track, some later than others, and while some have managed just a few hundred kilometres, others have done more, but at a much reduced pace.
"As for the 12th team, Campos Meta, its shareholder and management structure has been transformed, according to rumours which have reached the Horse Whisperer through the paddock telegraph, with a sudden cash injection from a munificent white knight, well used to this sort of last minute rescue deal.
"However, the beneficiaries of this generosity might find the knight in question expects them to fulfil the role of loyal vassal.
"It is hard to imagine the Dallara-designed car showing its face at the Catalunya Circuit, with Sakhir a more likely venue to witness the return of the Senna name to a Formula 1 session.
"The 13th team, USF1, appears to have gone into hiding in Charlotte, North Carolina, to the dismay of those like the Argentinian, Lopez, who thought he had found his way into the Formula 1 paddock, (albeit with help from chairwoman Kirchner, according to the rumours) and now has to start all over again.
"Amazingly, they still have the impudence to claim that everything is hunky-dory under the starry stripy sky.
"Next, we have the Serbian vultures. Firstly, they launched themselves into a quixotic legal battle with the FIA, then they picked the bones of Toyota on its death bed. Having got some people on board, around whom there was still a whiff of past scandals, they are now hovering around waiting to replace whoever is first to drop out of the game, possibly with backing from that very same knight in shining armour whom we mentioned earlier.
"This is the legacy of the holy war waged by the former FIA president. The cause in question was to allow smaller teams to get into Formula 1.
"This is the outcome: two teams will limp into the start of the championship, a third is being pushed into the ring by an invisible hand – you can be sure it is not the hand of Adam Smith – and, as for the fourth, well, you would do better to call on Missing Persons to locate it.
"In the meantime, we have lost two constructors along the way, in the shape of BMW and Toyota, while at Renault, there’s not much left other than the name.
"Was it all worth it?"