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Formula One's off-track activity is more exciting than the action on it

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There seems to be more action happening off the track than on it these days.

Hamilton winning again. Rosberg second again.No change there then.

Meanwhile, the spotlight should really be on the paddocks. There are arguments, complaints, back-stabbing and some whispers of big changes in teams.

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Cash-strapped Lotus are unable to pay their tax bill and are being threatened with liquidation. Renault are looking on, licking their lips with a possible take over. Rumbles round the paddock they won't be supplying any other teams in 2016.

Red Bull are in a public spat with Renault regarding the below-average power unit. It now appears the partnership is coming to a nasty, sticky and public ending to their previously very successful relationship.

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This might leave Red Bull struggling to find a replacement power unit. Mercedes pulled their hand away just as Red Bull were showing an interest. Then came the reasons, the blames from all sides. Enough to make your head spin. 

Mercedes' non-executive chairman Niki Lauda, told Sky Sports Red Bull didn't come back to the Championship leaders quick enough, however, there is a reluctance to work with a team that could challenge them for the title anyway.

Therefore, it would appear Red Bull's only hope could lie with Ferrari.

Meanwhile over at McLaren where to start? Nearly at the bottom of the constructors table, sponsors leaving, and the running risk of losing their financial clout. 

They also have two very disillusioned drivers. Alonso shouldn't have complained about McLaren's lack of competitive car, but perhaps his timing made the comments a lot worse.

Ron Dennis (McLaren CEO) has confirmed both Alonso and Button will be driving for McLaren next year. Lets hope so.

It's like musical chairs in the paddock at the moment. Who is friend or foe? Who is working with who? Will we be seeing a very different landscape to F1 next year or will the status quo prevail?

It has almost gone by unnoticed with all the focus on the squabbling, but Lewis Hamilton passed Ayton Senna's wins, a quite remarkable achievement. 

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