Bernie, wheeling the stroller and dealing the cards

It's that time of the year again, when a thrilling sense of anticipation grips the F1 community.

We're not alluding to a well-deserved holiday after an action-packed season that couldn't end too soon, but referring to the December ritual of waiting for Bernie Ecclestone's traditional Christmas card to land in one's (e)mail box.

Decoding the usually farcical scene depicted on Mr. E's season's greetings is always an amusing exercise.

This year, the masked 90-year-old who became a father for the fourth time last summer, is seen wheeling baby Ace in Gstaad while dealing over the phone against a backdrop of F1 cars racing past empty grandstands and a group of investors in agony.

Hardly cryptic…