In this report

FT writers assess the health of the sport – both on and off the track

Distractions cast shadow over F1 season

Motorsport chief’s trial coincides with wider upheaval

Todt backs Ecclestone ahead of trial

F1 set on course for leadership change

Time running out for vote on cost controls

The sport is divided over a proposed £155m spending cap

Sponsors drive F1 shift to sustainability

Green innovations are helping to change the sport’s image

F1 engine change tests Red Bull dominance

New rules will bring back element of surprise to results

McLaren comeback king returns to basics

Dennis looks to correct poor performance of recent seasons

F1 race circuit in Austria
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Cities line up to stage a Grand Prix

Bringing F1 roadshow to town is not cheap

F1 rule changes may help young drivers

Rookies could benefit as all drivers have to adapt to new engines

Motorsport bosses act to attract fans

Depth of vision lacking in efforts to reach wider audience

Turbo engines make comeback after 25 years

Advances in electronics and engineering open new chapter in racing

Vettel trails F1 rivals in marketability stakes

Survey puts Alonso ahead in sponsorship race