Some of the stories you won't be reading on any other Formula 1 website - for a very good reason...
BERNIE'S FRIENDS RALLY ROUND
Bernie Ecclestone has been indicted by a court in Munich over the alleged bribe he paid to corrupt banker Gerhard Gribkowsky to undervalue F1's commercial rights. Ecclestone's legal team are preparing a robust defence, but if the prosecutors decided to proceed, the case could go ahead in the first two weeks of September. Close friends are rallying around Bernie. Christian Horner, Max Mosley, Eddie Jordan and Flavio Briatore have all stepped forward to say that they will act as character witnesses. As one pitlane wag remarked - that's a bit like a Great White Shark getting character references from a Mako Shark, a Tiger Shark, a Bull Shark... and a Killer Whale.
CVC STANDS FOR...
After the news that Bernie was being indicted by the German court CVC Capital Partners said that they were monitoring the situation - and that no, CVC did NOT stand for "Criminal Valuation Case"
WOMEN MAKING INROADS
The Young Driver Test at Silverstone this week has been revealing a lot of new talent in the ranks, with drivers such as Carlos Sainz Junior and James Callado putting in great performances. Williams development driver Susie Wolff is due to take part on Friday - which will be a rare event in F1. Former DTM driver Wolff said women were playing an increasing role in F1, such as her boss Clare Williams, Monisha Kaltenborn at Sauber, and on the driving side herself and Gary Paffett.
MIKE OUT, PAT IN
The Williams team announced this week that former Renault technical director Pat Symonds would be taking over that role from Mike Coughlan at the team with immediate effect. Both men have been touched by controversy in the past. Symonds was indicted as part of the Nelson Piquet Jr. crashgate in Singapore while Coughlan was revealed to have illegally obtained a 400-page Ferrari dossier while he was at McLaren. One team boss said their consecutive appointment makes Williams look less like an F1 team and more like an offender rehabilitation programme.
After the success of the first two days of the Silverstone Young Driver Test, the FIA are on the brink of reversing their decision to cancel it in 2014. There are now plans to expand the test and combine it with a motorsport version of The Apprentice aimed at securing large sponsorships for the drivers. One of the driver managers admitted: "it really doesn't matter what time you put in on the track, it's where the decimal point falls on your sponsorship deal that matters." And who better than to head up the scheme than (Lord) Bernie Ecclestone. Pundits are searching around for the right catchphrase for Bernie to emulate Lord Sugar's "You're Fired" - some think that Bernie's trademark, "Let's see" is not really strong enough.