Agreed with the timeliness of this piece. Not only is it possibly your best Gravel Trap to date Klon, I would also say that it its timing, and indeed the timing of Max Mosley's death, has shed some light on just how much different things are now from when his tenure as a dictatorship was in full swing.
Whilst he did operate on the verge of tyranny on his worst days, on his best it was he who made it known what F1's place was, what its raison d'être was. Mosley had the leadership skills that Todt and Masi don't, and the slow decline of safety standards and the seemingly complete lack of direction of "what F1 is" and "what we want F1 to be tomorrow, in five years, in ten years, in the context of a changing world" seems to be falling back for standing still, and as a result there has been a post-Baku worry (at least here on our forum) that F1 was regressing back to a prior age of carelessness.
I think in the simplest terms I agree with your basic point, that it is leadership and authority that F1 lacks as much as it does other things. Todt was never up to the job and never seemed to want to be, other than for the delicious three-course meal every day and the trillion dollar payout every year.
Murray Walker at the 1997 Austrian Grand Prix wrote:The other [Stewart] driver, who nobody's been paying attention to, because he's disappointing, is Jan Magnussen.
Felipe Nasr - the least forgettable F1 driver!