Former FIA president Max Mosley: 1940 – 2021

Photos courtesy of ‘Zoom Auction/Patrik Lundin
Photos courtesy of ‘Zoom Auction/Patrik Lundin’ Max Mosley (left)

Much will be said about Max Mosley and perhaps that’s fitting as Max did a lot. From racing in Formula 2 to becoming a barrister and setting up the March Racing Team to the head of the FIA and an advocate for privacy laws for the press after a sex scandal, Max left a mark on the world of racing.

Many will recall the sex scandal as the low point in Max’s life or they’ll point at his father, Oswald Mosely the famous fascist, as a sign. Max faced heavy criticism for his father and was accused of distributing pamphlets for his father in his formative years.

In the end, I recall Max as a man dedicated to safety in motorsport and his efforts and legal mind worked tirelessly to assist not only safety but the motorsport and road safety industries. He was a shrewd player and helped the FIA grow in reach, impact and political clout on the world stage.

How Max will be viewed depends on who you are asking. He had friends and enemies and reading his autobiography was very interesting, I highly recommend it. You will learn a lot about the sport of F1 and the FIA.

Max was a very vocal head of the FIA in contrast to the diminutive successor, Jean Todt. Regardless of his politics or personal exploits, Max’s impact on racing and road safety are what I remember most about this enigmatic man.

Formula 1 said:

“We are saddened to hear that Max Mosley, former FIA President, has passed away. A huge figure in the transition of Formula 1. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.”

Jean Todt said:

“Deeply saddened by the passing of Max Mosley. He was a major figure in F1 and motor sport. As FIA President for 16 years, he strongly contributed to reinforcing safety on track and on the roads.

“The entire FIA community pays tribute to him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

The FIA have created a nice remembrance of Max’s life and accomplishments here.

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