“Every so often, Bernie likes to play the boss and gets involved in matters that don't concern him,” he fumed, “Godfathers no longer exist, at least not in F1.
“Interpretation of flags, be they yellow or blue, is nothing to do with him and he used expressions that I do not accept. Our behaviour in this instance was not only transparent, but perfect, and maybe he would do better to think about attracting bigger crowds and more youngsters, and to discuss more with the television stations and the media.
“We are approaching a time when we need to think about the future, because all eras must inevitably come to an end, as happened to us when Todt, [Ross] Brawn and [Michael] Schumacher left. It's not a case of replacing Bernie and, in fact, I do not like doing to others what I would not want to happen to myself, [but] it's a question that needs to be tackled with the current owner of this sport which, let us not forget, is an investment company looking for a financial return on what it has invested in F1.
“The era of the one man show cannot continue - the future should be in the hands of a team that will look after all the different areas. We are slowly approaching the end of a period characterised by the style of one man who has done significant things. It's a bit of a similar case to what will happen to me - within the decade I will face this question, but when I am 75 not 82...”