As ever in the complex and political world of formula one, the media reacted with cynicism to the news Adam Parr is leaving Williams
After all, it had emerged in Malaysia that the famous British team was one of only a few yet to agree terms with Bernie Ecclestone over the 2013 Concorde Agreement.
And Chairman Parr - who was Williams' de-facto team principal at races in Sir Frank Williams' regular absence - had never seen eye-to-eye with F1's indomitable chief executive.
Moreover, as Tom Cary wrote in the Telegraph
, there had been "no indication" of Parr's stepping down: indeed, quite the opposite was true.
Adam Parr said this month that he "could not imagine doing anything else", while Williams earlier this month described the former Rio Tinto man as his "natural successor"
correspondent Cary said "sources suggest he was the victim of a power play", adding that Parr's new absence and the Concorde talks seem "far from coincidental".
"Ecclestone had little time" for Adam Parr, the journalist added, continuing that he was "one of the few within the sport who dared to criticise him".
Bernie Ecclestone, moreover, last month criticised Williams' recent restructuring, including the departure of Sam Michael and arrival of Mike Coughlan.
"I don't think they've done it the right way," said the F1 supremo. "The changes should have come from above, not from below. I think people like (shareholder) Toto Wolff should get more control."
newspaper this week agreed that the timing of Parr's exit "seems a bit strange".
And the Guardian
acknowledged that he had had "an edgy relationship" with Bernie Ecclestone.
|Toto Wolff, future chairman? (Photo: Williams F1 Team)