xpensive wrote:What another team would or wouldn't do is hardly the point here, is it now?
The way I see it, the point is that Bernie/FOM decided that one team was worth more money than the others, all based on some mysterious market-value analysis.
Having said that, among the top-teams at the time of a break-away threat from the manufacturers side, there is little doubt in my mind that Ferrari was the team most susceptible to such an offer.
What another team would or wouldn't do may change the intonation some have that Ferrari 'sold their soul'. It also helps highlight what You and others have said about Ferrari's [relative] value to F1 (i.e. Substitute any other team w/ Ferrari and consider the [relative] consequence to F1).
As far as Ferrari's susceptibility, from what perspective? Being able to deal directly with the manufacturer's management would make the deal quick and easy (as opposed to dealing with team principals who then have to present the case to their management for 'allegiance approval'), but I would speculate the deal would be just as easy if Bernie called <insert manufacturer's name here> management and offered the same deal. I suspect You're speculating their susceptibility from a moralistic pov? If yes, see my prev post.
H. Kurt Betton