MAX WINS VOTE OF CONFIDENCE

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Full statement from the FIA:

During the Extraordinary General Assembly (EGA) held in Paris today, the FIA Member Clubs voted on a motion of confidence in the FIA President.

The FIA membership voted as follows:

For the motion: 103
Against the motion: 55
Abstentions: 7
Invalid votes 4

Voting in the EGA was made by secret ballot. Votes were counted in private by the FIA legal department in the presence of four scrutineers, selected by the EGA from a list of Delegates proposed by the Chairman of the meeting (the President of the FIA Senate).

The entire voting procedure was supervised by an external Huissier de Justice (French state-appointed public witness).

Paris, 3 June, 2008

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WonkyDave
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WonkyDave

“Welcome back my friends
To the show that never ends
We’re so glad you could attend
Come inside, come inside”

(Playbill cover for the latest production at the Theatre of the Absurd. This unfortunately, my good people, was only the first act)

brendan stallard
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brendan stallard

NC,

Oh my……here’s where the trouble starts.

Ain’t no way he’s going to be welcome in places like Japan, and several other circuits round the globe. The competitors in F1 will be seething, and I see major schisms beginning.

Sure as heck this won’t do F1 any good at all.

brendan

TJ
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TJ
This is entirely unbelievable. Mosley is a hypocrite, remember the bashing that he gave Mclaren for ‘bringing the sport into disrepute’ which was the main charge levied against them not IP theft. How does that translate then when the head of the governing body metering out these sort of judgements indulges in a Nazi themed orgy with hookers? Legal or illegal it does not indicate a man of soilid moral fibre. What actions would be taken if a magistrate judge had the same revelations revealed about him? Would we expect him to stay? No, so how on earth did Max… Read more »
Noddy93
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Noddy93

um… that’s not even close.
I feel kinda validated.

I’ll take my apologizes during next week’s podcast… athankyouverymuch

Negative Camber
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TJ: I have made many of the same points. Max’s handling of this issue has been very poor. His high-handed treatment of McLaren and the anecdotal tales of integrity, behavior and the slightest hint of suspicion were used to bludgeon Ron Dennis and yet Max seems bereft of these concepts when it is his own hide. In my opinion, this just shows how political the FIA is and this is, as Dave so accurately put it via Emerson, Lake & Palmer, just the beginning. Germany’s club has already resigned from the FIA. Mere minutes after the verdict. I suspect this… Read more »
Negative Camber
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LOL. I am glad you approve Noddy. What a sad day for the FIA. Speaks to the politics of the beast.

mark h
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mark h

ADAC and AAA are both SEETHING. Splinter groups ahoy!
What an interesting little tale this has been, though, if nothing else…
Bring on some more!

Noddy93
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Noddy93

I believe the world of F1 calls it “throwing toys from their pram” or some such nonsense.

I think ‘prams’ are illegal in Texas as we ain’t ever heard of ’em

Negative Camber
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Interesting as well that one club, one vote was the mandate. Max won by the vote of several small, national clubs but the biggest clubs with millions of members all voted no. ADAC has pulled out. I suspect AAA with as well and the Australian club sounds like they will as well. FIA? What FIA? Way to go Max! Put one person ahead of a entire organization representing millions of people.

Negative Camber
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LOL. That’s because you were born 20 something weren’t you? No sippy cup for Noddy, right to hard stuff like PBR and Moslon. :)

WonkyDave
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WonkyDave

Who else sees, as Mark pointed out, splinter groups forming and dissolving quicker than you can say “Jack Brabham”? I get the feeling that chaos has been knocking at the door and the EGA opened it. Unless something remarkable happens, the political process of establishing an organization to replace the FIA could take years, with alot of damage done in the meantime. It’s Pandora’s box, folks – all hope is gone for the FIA.

(NC, you don’t give Texans a Canadian brew or even one from Milwaukee – you give them Lone Star!)

Lamy27
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Lamy27
I was wondering why the hell it takes several months to set up a meeting with 200 delegates. Now i know, it takes time to negotiate benefits and to set up a strategy to stay in power. Game theory would explain the actions taking place: Max heard the small clubs, accepted some demands, made some promises and “another vote in my pocket”; Big clubs just go on with formal statements having a sense that “we are going to win easily, reason is on our side, why should i bother making a backstage counting vote before the real meeting… and i… Read more »
Negative Camber
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Agreed Lamy27. Back-office deals (no not the one with hookers) afforded Max a victory and he played the politics correctly at the expense of just about everyone in the FIA. The FIA now looks like a bumbling idiot and if I were the head of a club; I would not want my name attached to anything FIA. Interesting that Max was allowed to make a formal presentation but no equal opportunity was given for a group(s) to make a formal complaint. I thought American politics was the most errant system of specious means but I see Max has put us… Read more »
Lady Snowcat
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Lady Snowcat

Sorry guys but I prefer almost anything than trial by tabloid….. and in the end that is what this has been…

I am not saying that this makes life for the FIA easy… but Max going wouldn’t have been easy either…

I am with Noddy on this…

And as to the American Association leaving …this was put to their guy by the Beeb and he promptly back pedalled and indicated that they were not rushing in that direction any time soon….

Negative Camber
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Completely understand your position and I would not expect the AAA to make a quick decision on this. He will have to come back home and discuss with the board. I doubt he is in a position to make a definitive decision without board approval. It is a big move. As for trial by tabloid; I think this is a parallax and we have different opinions on what is acceptable and what is not from a leader. And I don’t mean his private life. I am speaking more of his responsibility and leadership. His character and integrity. I should know… Read more »
WonkyDave
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WonkyDave

NC, don’t you think that the Germans had a plan going into the vote? Their resignation within minutes indicates that they were prepared either way the vote went. If this is the case, why weren’t the Americans similarly prepared? It’s not as if the meeting was rushed. Unless they want to ride the fence until they see what everyone else does, I don’t know why anyone would go in there without a game plan.

mark h
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mark h
Also, the wording of their original German text is “legal-ese” at its finest. It does say withdraw for so long as Max is in power – but withdraw FROM ALL ACTIVITES within the FIA. But not quite from it, so far as I could see. It’s the pram syndrome Noddy mentioned: displaying that the ADAC is not prepared to play anymore. But they seem to be keeping their cards close to their chest until others reveal whether they will take the ‘high road’. Whether it works is another question, but I think ADAC tried to draft a letter that would… Read more »
Negative Camber
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You’re more than likely correct Dave. I assume the AAA would have a game plan but on more consideration; I guess it would be a wait and see what happens game plan instead of an immediate withdrawal. The Germans on the other hand have a different position in that the episode did seem to have Nazi overtones and I think the Germans would be very sensitive to that. Not sure if Max paraded Scrivener’s findings out in the meeting but if he did; it doesn’t seem the Germans were convinced. Agreed Mark; the Germans withdrew but have stopped short of… Read more »
swifteddie
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swifteddie

Max is my hero.

Who would have thought that he would win a vote of confidence in such convincing fashion.

Whip it good max.

You whip it good you bad boy.

Thomas Rooney
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I’m not entirely suprised he got the vote of confidence – am suprised it was by so much though.

Negative Camber
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Thomas. Great to have you here. See my most recent “top story”. It suggests how 105 votes really only equals 5% of the governing bodies membership. That’s how Max did it. Lording over the little clubs who desperately need the FIA’s association.

onthepodium
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onthepodium

ok this surprises me…but i’m pleasantly surprised. this was a trial by tabloid as snowcat says. the FIA will be just fine. max got some vindication, but he’s going to retire soon anyway. the world continues to turn and F1 will not go down in flames.

WonkyDave
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WonkyDave

Mr. Podium, don’t say such things! What the eager masses (sheep) need is sensationalism! The FIA will be fine? Rubbish! There’s no biting story there to sate the reader who’s only looking for trash in his journalism. Bring on the dirt and innuendo!

onthepodium
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onthepodium

may i suggest a celebrity death match between max and…the rest of the civilized world! mwahhh haaaaaa haaaaaa.

max will fight gladiator style against any member of the FIA calling for his ouster. weapons will be limited to whips and leather under garments. devo’s “whip it” will blast thru the PA. tickets will come at a premium, with all ticket revenue going to rebuilding silverstone. this will not only please the sheep, but also save a legendary F1 circuit.

but seriously, as dr. mario has stated, let’s get back to the business of racing.