Teutone's excellent post:
on the finances behind Marussia's "Victory" made me think of the sorry state of Formula 1 reporting.
This year I've returned to being an F1 fan (the last time I was interested in F1 was when Sir Jackie was not a Sir!), and have spent time this year learning where to find reliable information on F1 racing, including the back office stuff (which I find as fascinating as the race itself).
I have to tell you, the state of most F1 reporting is pathetic. Commentating during the race is great, but the rest is largely fluff. The entire Ijaz/Lotus/Quantum/Infinity mess shows that mainstream reporters either (a) won't do anything to potentially offend a team owner, or (b) don't know how to ask questions. People like me, with no proprietary connections, found out that relying on Ijaz for financing (and driver selection) is no better than asking Walter Mitty to fly the Space Shuttle.
In most other industries when a big shot comes in and throws his money around, or more to the point TALKS ABOUT throwing his money around, journalists raise questions.
Especially if the sources of these monies are mysterious black holes (royal families, Middle East investors, Russian money).
Even more so if the front man has a history of bank fraud (public record) and if his billion-dollar partner's US head manages a pizza parlor.
Fans and the sport deserve better.