Ecclestone: Mosley must still go

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Formula 1’s CEO, Bernie Ecclestone, says that Max Mosley should still step down in November even with his successful vote of confidence.While I applaud Mr. Ecclestone for his candor, it is his insight to Max Mosley that is more disturbing.  Bernie portrays a side of Max that we don’t often see over here in the States.  Perhaps Bernie can talk some sense into Max.  At this point someone needs to.

“I knew he would win,” Ecclestone said yesterday. “There was no way he could lose. But I still don’t think it’s good for him, or for the FIA, to be honest. He said he wanted to finish at the end of 2007, and then the end of this year, before all this happened.

“Max should stand down in November. For me it’s a difficult situation because I run the Formula One Group of companies, and the teams – the manufacturers – are violently opposed to him. But 62 per cent of the automobile clubs that make up the FIA voted to retain him.

“Max has always ruled by fear. But I think more people will be likely to take him on after this.”

Ecclestone believes that Mosley, far from standing down when his term of office ends in October 2009, will seek re-election.

“I’ve always said that Max will be the president until he dies. What many people don’t understand is that he enjoys confrontation. He likes argument! These things stimulate him.”

Ecclestone’s commercial rights-holding partner, CVC, have maintained a diplomatic silence. But he has always supported Mosley personally yet never refrained from expressing his own opinion even if it has been critical of his friend. He said: “What highlights the problems he may still face is what happened in Monaco. Prince Albert made it very clear that he did not want him on the grid, and that he would have security around him so that if Max did appear they could not be seen together.

“But I have no doubt that Max will be able to deal with all that.”

Ecclestone says he would like to see Formula One enjoy “a little peace”.

FOG want to extend the Concorde Agreement, the document by which the sport is run. Mosley, who is in the charge of the governing body which regulates world motorsport, does not.

“We want Max’s signature on a new document. He doesn’t want to do that because he feels he has more power if he doesn’t sign. But he doesn’t need more power. The big manufacturers know just how much they want to spend, to be competitive. We just need to write the regulation to achieve that, and move forwards.”

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WonkyDave
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“…he enjoys confrontation. He likes argument! These things stimulate him.”

Well, it seems an argument isn’t the only thing that stimulates The Blue Max.

I wonder if Herr Max has ever had Prince Albert in a can… (it’s old, but so am I)

BobHereYo
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BobHereYo

If your a President of an association that is in jeopardy of losing 60% to 80% of it’s members because of something you were involved in irregardless of the circumstances if your leaving can restore confidence and order, shouldn’t you do it?

Or your stay President out of selfishness and the millions of ADAC and AAA’s of the world go and form their own new FIA then you want your legacy to be just that?

How hard would it be for Formula One to move to the new FIA I ask? Maybe Charley Whiting Can Be the Next President!

onthepodium
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onthepodium

bernie looks so menacing in that shot. he could have played an evil sorcerer in lord of the rings.

i think hillary is looking for a job…

John Stone
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John Stone

NC,

Where do you find these horrible images of Bernie, I love them…..

John “now if we could get Bernie to resign too!” Stone

Negative Camber
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From my Vacation photo album. The blue one with the title; “My summer with Bernie”. Bernie and had a great summer jetting around Europe. Slavica is a darn good cook too!

John Stone
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John Stone

LOL , so that was with Bernie!

John “The little Fiat was having a time keeping up with you guys” Stone

Lady Snowcat
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Lady Snowcat

I thought he looked better than usual in that shot….

onthepodium
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onthepodium

part gecko, part warhol.

Negative Camber
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LOL. I agree LSC. That’s funny we both thought that. It’s why I ran the photo. I thought he looked very contemplative in that shot and very CEO-ish for the FOM leader. And who knew he looked so good in taupe. :)