Speculation has been rife about the future of the Spyker Formula 1 team for some time. First there were the financial struggles at Spyker Cars, the luxury automobile manufacturer that gave the team its name. Spyker Cars took out a $4 million loan to keep afloat, using the "Spyker" name as collateral.
Formula 1 is not a sport -- there, got that controversial statement over with -- Formula 1 is a spectacle, an international carnival celebrating automotive technology and insane speed. It is an opportunity for spectators to live vicariously through the actions of wealthy tax exiles who treat champagne with as much respect as might be afforded a hosepipe by children on a sticky August afternoon.