Mosley: Run for Re-Election…of course

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Well of course he must. Is it any surprise that Max Mosley now sees his stepping down in October as the FIA President as the incorrect decision? No one thought this was going to actually happen did they? Max feels that this attack on the FIA by FOTA needs his expert attention and he must remain as President of the FIA to stave off the hostility toward the FIA and their claim the the World Championship F1 series. Sure.

Knowing full well that it is he who has galvanized the situation and prompted most of the hostility toward the FIA. The FIA is not the issue here, Max is. His handling of the sports regulations have created the rift and the self-possessed, nihilistic nature of his character to suggest that the FIA need him now more than ever is a recurring mantra for which the sport has continually suffered over the last decade. Even after the sex scandal, this man made it seem as if the foundation of motor sport would crumble under the machinations of evil men intent on undermining the FIA by setting him up with prostitutes in order to destroy the FIA. Max! Get a clue! The FIA is not the issue, you are.

Is there any question that Max’s letter to FIA clubs, as reported by Autosport, will be met with the same political wrangling and loaded ballot box mentality to insure another victory for Max’s re-election? Two issues concern FOTA. One, the regulations being controlled by this unhinged figure of political pandering and annoying delusions of grandeur and the second, the division of profits controlled by the hyper-greedy Bernie Ecclestone. The simple answer? Change the regulatory development of the sport to a commission that includes FOTA (including the small teams) and increase the revenue division among teams. Neither are apt to happen with Bernie and Max still involved. Max’s re-election campaign has been trumped up by terse words and allegations which include, again, his mention of car companies taking taxpayer dollars. Tragically Max will run again under the auspices of the white knight saving the day but I suggest that Luca di Montezemolo will have something to say about it this time. If Bernie doesn’t want to see billions fly out his window, he would be well advised to use Max as the sacrificial lamb in this vote and let Max take the fall he so desperately deserved a year ago.

“Over recent weeks it has become increasingly clear that one of the objectives of the dissident teams is that I should resign as president of the FIA. Last year you offered me your confidence and, as I wrote to you on May 16, 2008, it was my intention not to seek re-election in October this year,” wrote Mosley in the letter, a copy of which has been seen by AUTOSPORT.

“However, in light of the attack on the mandate you have entrusted to me, I must now reflect on whether my original decision not to stand for re-election was indeed the right one.

And the letter:

FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DE L’AUTOMOBILE

Le Président
8, place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris

All FIA member clubs

23 June 2009

Dear President

Formula One teams belonging to five of the major car manufacturers have formed an organisation called ‘FOTA’, whose purpose is to take over the FIA’s regulatory function in Formula One. In connection with this, the European car industry association ACEA has made the following statement:

“ACEA has come to the conclusion that the FIA needs a modernised and transparent governance system and processes, including the revision of its constitution, to ensure the voice of its members, worldwide motor sport competitors and motorists are properly reflected.”

This is an attack on the FIA’s right to regulate its Formula One World Championship but, worse, it is a wholly unjustified criticism of and direct challenge to the entire structure and purpose of the FIA.

No president of the FIA could allow this to go unanswered. I have therefore responded on your behalf (see attachments). We are also preparing legal proceedings in case these are needed to protect the FIA’s rights in its Championship and to discourage any dissident Formula One team from engaging in illegal acts.

You will notice from the attachments that the catalyst for the current dispute was the FIA’s attempts to reduce costs in Formula One. A reduction in costs is essential if the independent teams are to survive.

Without the independent teams, the Championship would depend entirely on the car manufacturers who, of course, have always come and gone as it suited them.

It is extraordinary that at a time when all five manufacturers involved are in great financial difficulty and relying on taxpayers money, their Formula One teams should threaten a breakaway series in order to avoid reducing their Formula One costs. It remains to be seen whether the boards of the parent companies will allow precious resources to be wasted in this way.

Over recent weeks it has become increasingly clear that one of the objectives of the dissident teams is that I should resign as president of the FIA. Last year you offered me your confidence and, as I wrote to you on 16 May 2008, it was my intention not to seek re-election in October this year. However, in light of the attack on the mandate you have entrusted to me, I must now reflect on whether my original decision not to stand for re-election was indeed the right one.

It is for the FIA membership, and the FIA membership alone, to decide on its democratically elected leadership, not the motor industry and still less the individuals the industry employs to run its Formula One teams.

Yours sincerely

Max Mosley

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