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An F1 Christmas card from Bernie…

F1 commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone's annual Christmas card pokes fun at some of the sport's leading stories and controversies of 2009 - with 'Singapore-gate' villain Flavio Briatore the chief butt of the humour
With characteristic irreverence, Bernie Ecclestone's annual Christmas card has poked fun at some of F1's leading protagonists in his own tongue-in-cheek style – with disgraced former Renault F1 managing director Flavio Briatore the chief butt of the jokes this year.

Reflecting on the key themes of the season, the mischievous card depicts those who have left F1 in 2009 – former FIA President Max Mosley and team principals Mario Theissen (BMW) and John Howett (Toyota) – sailing away in a yacht, as fellow team bosses and Mosley's replacement Jean Todt wave farewell from the shore.

Briatore – armed with a rocket-launcher – can be seen attempting to ambush their boat in his own small dinghy bearing a pirate's flag, whilst sharks circle menacingly around and Formula One Management (FOM) chief executive Ecclestone himself looks on from a lifeguard's hut.

Last year, the 79-year-old British billionaire's festive effort focussed upon Mosley whipping team principals – in reference to the salacious tabloid sex scandal in which the Englishman became embroiled – with a pit wall screen showing a woman wearing fishnet stockings and high heels.

The 2007 card, meanwhile, made light of the McLaren/Ferrari espionage row, with ex-McLaren team principal Ron Dennis receiving a gift-wrapped present from former Ferrari chief designer Mike Coughlan.

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