However, Bernie Ecclestone has been busy locking up all the tracks to long-term agreements. In addition he owns the F1 name and TV rights and rumor has it that if things ever got so bad such that GPWC did start a new series, Bernie would simply tell the manufacturers not to let the door hit their posterior on the way out and run Champ Cars in their place. Of course, if that happened, Champ Car would get a major shot in the arm and Bernie would see to it that their cars were not the current inferior things that they are. Adding fuel to this fire is the fact that Champ Car is becoming very international starting in 2005 and positioning itself to be an alternative to F1 (see related article). With a strong international following established by 2007, if GPWC starts their own series, Bernie will finally buy into Champ Car as has been long rumored, change the name to Formula 1 (F1), and carry on as if nothing happened. He will not only have all the F1 tracks locked up, by buying into Champ Car he will have all those tracks locked up too. Without the F1 name, the TV contract and the circuits, GPWC will be nowhere. While we believe the GPWC threat is nothing more than posturing on their part to gain more control of F1, and that a breakaway series will never materialize, should it happen, Bernie will be ready. Collectively, there simply isn't enough brainpower in the manufacturers to outsmart Bernie.