MOSLEY SPEAKS! ‘Spygate’ redux in Telegraph tell-all

Call it intuition, sixth sense or an uncanny finger on the pulse of things that have yet come to pass but this morning I was feeling out of sorts. I felt that there was something missing in the world of F1. Not in the tangible sense but in a more intangible, ethereal sense. (@formula1blog)
12/12/09 11:37 AM
Maybe it’s just me but the total silence and disappearance of Max Mosley is oddly suspicious. There is dubious work afoot. #f1

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I felt a missing point of consternation politically and a void of agitation that has been too long removed from F1. I was considering the notion when it hit me like a two-ton heavy thing—Max Mosley has been too quiet. Too hidden for too long.

I posted the message in a tweet-bottle (as you can see above) and had no replies as I am sure most ignore my tweets but I was reaching out for any news on Mosley and his whereabouts. Hearing nothing assured me that perhaps he was truly on leave and spending some much needed time at home. I couldn’t have been more wrong—or is that more right—about my intuition.


Writing for the Telegraph, former FIA president Max Mosley has unleashed a tell-all article about the McLaren “Spygate” affair (as promised in his final trebuchet shot while leaving the kingdom fortress of the FIA) with names, places, times and events.

I was for a ban. I understood the consequences but I believe in the old legal maxim “hard cases make bad law”. But I was outvoted (so much for the accusations of dictatorship) and the council went for a very large ($100 million) fine instead. McLaren did not appeal. No doubt they realised that the ICA would almost certainly substitute a ban for the fine. They also knew no civil court was likely to interfere with a ban in such circumstances and the requirement to make full disclosure under oath during the legal process of discovery might lead to much greater embarrassment.

The article seems to be the first in a series of explanations of behavior and justification of action from Mosley and while the cases are made there is very little insight to such aspects of the story as the “governance and stability provisions of the 1998 Concorde Agreement” to refer too for further understanding. There is also a lack of counter argument that naturally one wouldn’t find in a piece authored by one side of the story. The nuances of the meetings and alternative version would certainly point to a parallax occurring within the orbiting power brokers of F1.

Arguing from a point of errant knight and defender of F1, Mosley levels his pen at Martin Brundle for suggesting the McLaren fine was nothing more than a “witch hunt” and describes Ferrari’s role in creating consternation between the FIA and FOTA. It is no surprise Mosley sees himself as a logical and well-meaning defender of the faith but the article betrays the very real issue of power and control. It assumes control and ultimate power derives from the mandate the FIA and FOM have on the sport and FOTA proved that elements within that mandate can and will rise to defend its own interests and P&L’s.

Projecting the departure of manufacturers is nothing more than reasonable thinking and lacks the Delphic-Oracle-wisdom that Mosley would have us believe. What takes more clairvoyance is to understand the last push for control that the teams placed on the governing and commercial rights bodies in order to re-align the sport to their liking. Those initiatives were, after all, perhaps only slightly met and the exodus of Honda, Toyota, BMW and now Renault are merely signs that the ultimate achievement was not accomplished by FOTA. This evidenced by Ferrari’s Luca di Montezemolo’s statement.

In the end game, I fear my premonition may have been correct. No secret that Mosley threatened a tell-all book after stepping down as FIA president but the time afforded this man may just see F1’s seedy underbelly become a weekly Sunday sport for a the still blood-stained idle hands of a man who has failed to seek redemptive resolutions or taken the high road for decades. If we’re honest—no one cares nor wants to know who set Mosley up for “Sexgate” and F1 has had enough tawdry political implications to last the entirety of the Todt FIA presidency so find a pasture and pleasantly graze in it for we have lost interest in debasing our sport any more than you already have.

Wishful thinking on my part because he won’t stop…ever! Like the terminator, he’ll continue to spew apologetics and justification for his actions while seeking revenge via the vehicle of the press and we, of course, will carry our review and opinion. It is sick and depraved but it is human.

Speaking of Mosley’s comment that “hard cases make bad law”, one could refer to this particular story as example?

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