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Episode 4 | Enemy friend comrade

Cornered by FISA, Bernie calls a press conference in January 1981, at the Hotel de Crillon in Paris, right next door to the enemy’s offices. Flanked by the FOCA team bosses, Bernie brazenly announces that they will be staging the South African Grand Prix under the 1980 aerodynamic rules. In reality, half the team bosses are technically insolvent and Bernie bankrolls the race. Without FISA’s approval, the manufacturers, including Ferrari, withdraw but, again, the race is televised – and, again, is seen as a success. Now, it’s clear that whilst FISA may be able to sanction a race, only Bernie can actually put one on. Balestre threatens to cancel the next race, at Long Beach, but the manufacturers lose their resolve to side with FISA and decide to go. Balestre has lost. Now Enzo Ferrari – keen to be seen as the broker of peace – calls the warring parties together and a compromise agreement is created which becomes the blueprint for F1 from that day on – The Concorde Agreement, giving the commercial powers to FOCA (Bernie) and rulemaking powers to FISA. Enzo Ferrari, himself, now treats Bernie as an equal...

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