If UK football was this self-regardingly-transparent, then every manager and player in “League Division 1” would be in jail.
McLaren is being got at because is it part of the Anglosphere, and the Franco-Germans plus their hot-headed Latin drivers*** can’t stand the loss of face, girls, money and pre-capitalist-barbarian-warlord-adulation. For no other reason. The greatest F1 driver ever, a Mr Schumacher, an anglo-saxon who is from Germany, and who has no peer in his field at this time, ought not to be sullying his name by re-associating himself with the win-crazed-nutters at Ferrari, and their hanger-on in “Europe” who have it in for Anglosphere teams.
Perhaps in a libertarian world, there will be an alternative series, comprising English Public Schoolboy drivers, and any cars they can scrape together for a bit of a jape. Then we’ll start to get somewhere in a few decades as it matures into sponsorable racing.
***Oh, and Rubens Barichello does not count: he is so old, and so experienced, that he has become English.