“I Can’t Speak. I’m Too Busy”

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Monaco Max Mosley

Well Max Mosley has made an appearance, albeit brief, at the Monaco Grand Prix paddock.Failing to posses a modicum of contrition for his actions in Chelsea, Max chose the highest profile race of the year to free fall back into the public cauldron of boiling judgment apparently seeking some sort of absolution. Max said he was too busy to speak with reporters as he hovered over the asphalt of establishment. Obviously off to some important meeting to negotiate troop movements and lay a few claymores out to stave off the invading Army de’ Commerciale.

Meanwhile, Commander-in-chief of the Army de’ Commeciale, Bernie Ecclestone, has played down the Mosley-described war for Formula 1 by saying:

“Max is at the moment is blowing a bit of a smokescreen to stop all the other nonsense,” said Ecclestone. “He is going to say whatever he thinks is the right thing to say. The bottom line is simple: if this incident had not happened to him, which is totally private, would he have informed the clubs in the way that he has informed them?”

When asked if he was in a war with Max over the future of F1, Bernie said “No, I don’t think so.”

I am sure there is a sliver of truth in that Max is negotiating some of the nuances of the Concorde Agreement and that FOM and CVC are looking for an improvement in their position but is that unrealistic? Wouldn’t anyone try to negotiate more profit, control and freedom in any contract? Max, I fear, is using anything at this point to pull focus back to F1. Including setting up Mr. E as the bad cop in the good cop/bad cop scenario. Tragically, for Max, I don’t think it’s working. Most people have already pulled on their gas masks on this issue Max and can see through the smokescreen.

Here’s my question at this point in what I am calling the Circus Maximus ( no pun intended); if you are willing to put yourself before F1 in this time of tumult, how can I really trust that you will place F1 before your own personal interests? How can the teams and FIA members ever believe that you will do what is best for all of them and instead of what is best for you? That, my embattled friend, is what seperates true leaders from opportunistic poltroons. Good luck in retirement and write when you find work.

Love,

Negative Camber

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Good Sir, can’t the same questions regarding, “How can the teams and FIA members ever believe that you will do what is best for all of them and instead of what is best for you?” be asked of Bernie? Please don’t get the absurd idea that I’m defending Max or even trying to deflect attention away from his situation, but I’ve seen Bernie running around the world in the last few years, playing a “country to country salesmen” to expand F1 to places that can’t afford to maintain a race for more than a few years, all for money that… Read more »

Grace
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I’m feeling a new length record with this podcast… max, bernie, oh yeah and the Monaco Grand Prix.

And I too was impressed by opportunistic poltroons. My vocab increases with every post.

WonkyDave
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WonkyDave

Grace, I was wrong about your Penguins. I stand humbled. And as I hate the Red Wings… GO PENS!

Negative Camber
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Grace, Dave is rarely wrong on hockey so don’t miss this opportunity to seize the day and ram it home on him. I know he hates the Wings so you have a new buddy to cheer with for the Pens. Ask him about hockey and Maple Nut Goodies. As for the toilet paper vocabulary? I chose not to use that gift Dave. It was messy reading and I already knew the words. Let’s face it everyone knows what a dangling participle is but I’m comfortable with it being written on toilet paper. What kind of place you running over there… Read more »

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onthepodium

it may not seem so now, but i think max is going to have a fine career after he’s forced to step down. the novelty of his sex-life will fade and he’ll start to remake himself, whether it’s with speaking engagements or by eventually sitting on the board of various bodies. it may seem like that can’t happen now, but “scandals” like this don’t necessarily end the person’s career.

Negative Camber
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Now, having gotten that out of the way; actually Dave I don’t think the same can be said of Bernie. He is not representing hundreds of car clubs. His mission has been perfectly clear; maximize F1 in world exposure, maximize profits, maximize sponsor opportunities, engage in continued new venue development and safety evolution(yes, JYS started it but Bernie was key in making F1 safer as well. JYS will tell you that himself) and to keep F1 the pinnacle of motorsport at the highest levels and profiles. He has aligned these interests in a way that has made him very wealthy… Read more »

WonkyDave
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WonkyDave

Todd, I may have not made myself clear. You’re right, if Sepang lasts 10 years, it would be a good run. But I don’t think the newer venues will last that long, and coupled with the death threats to tracks such as Silverstone, Magny Couer and even Spa, within 10 years F1 may be facing a very lean time. I trust that won’t happen, but if the current trends prevail, F1 may be on a slippery slope. The difference between 1950 and today is huge. In 1950, glory from winning brought cash rewards. Today, cash from winning brings glory. Money… Read more »