The FIA / FOM War! Game on!

23

The FIA have asked that more money be given to the team through promotional and TV revenue streams.  This would come from the FOM’s (Bernie Ecclestone) financial interest in F1.They have eluded that they would sign the Concorde Agreement if the FOM would agree to give teams  more money.  They then decided to discuss a possible increase in participation fees up to 150%.  They increased the drivers Super License fees astronomically.  All of this without very much discussion as to where all this new-found money would go in the FIA.

In what can only be viewed as an attack on Bernie Ecclestone’s F1 empire; the FIA have made a statement that they are now going to hold a consultative session with the teams and discuss or review the entire governance of F1 by the FIA.  They also announced that they are reviving the “F2” moniker and will create a new series in 2009 as a feeder series to F1.  F2 used to be the junior formula to F1 but has been replaced by different series in the past.  It now resides as GP2 and is owned by Bernie Ecclestone.

If all of this sounds a bit like the FISA/FOCA war; it is.  A struggle for power in the highest form of motorsport on earth.  Tragically I guess we could expect as much from these two as this is the very way the were able to wrest control of F1 many years ago; litigation, political posturing, votes and money.  That they have come full circle doesn’t surprise me in the least.  What surprises me is that the teams are going to let these two enter into a war of attrition and possbily ruin a sport who’s history is greater than both of them.  Neither of them created F1 and nor should either of them destroy it.

That having been said, I sincerely do hope that the FIA is thrown out of F1.  Max has ruined th organization with his misguided bravado trumped up by his ego being damaged through his own sex-romp escapade.  Now he is flexing all his muscle to try and bring Bernie Ecclestone down in a war of control and money.  Bernie is a shrewd businessman and I doubt he will go quietly.  In fact; I think his next actions may be fairly terse given Max’s use of FIA power to perpetuate his personal war.  Max’s personal issues are obviously affecting his business decisions.  For all of you who feel his personal life should not be on trial and has nothing to do with his running the FIA; it seems to me that it most definitely is.  Impaired is an understatement.  If Max doesn’t leave the FIA; they will have no organization left to worry about.  Shocking that the other members, Max sycophants, haven’t realized this yet.

23
Leave a Reply

avatar
 
Photo and Image Files
 
 
 
Audio and Video Files
 
 
 
Other File Types
 
 
 
23 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
8 Comment authors
KennyFranticNegative CamberonthepodiumNoddy93 Recent comment authors

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Ray
Guest
Ray

I think Max has forgotten what his role is. Like Bernie said, the money isn’t his to touch. Let’s hope the teams aren’t foolish enough to fall for all Max’s talk. He wants to change F1 technical regulations. Hilarious, considering the teams are fed up with his stupid rule changes that only end up costing them millions. McLaren have said they are thinking of running two cars next year to take “advantage” of KERS. Nice cost savings. NOT! And of course you have to throw the batteries out after every race. How green is that?!

Negative Camber
Guest

Spot on Ray! MAx has officially “jumped the shark”. I think there is a 12-step program for recovering FIA Presidents who get caught with hookers dressed as Nazi’s and then blow up publicly while using their position to display their bravado in an offensive reaction to their own stupidity.

Ok, Bernie…help us out here will ya?

BobHereYo
Guest
BobHereYo

All I know is that Money always seems to win out in these situations and since Bernie Controls the money I would not bet against him nor would I think the teams would either. Bernie makes everyone big money.

The whole recreating the F2 series is a stupid thing but I guess the FIA needs to have ownership over some series now since they own relatively nothing in the big scheme of things.

Negative Camber
Guest

Good point Bob. I guess they need some series to govern; might as well be one they create.

BobHereYo
Guest
BobHereYo

I guess Captain Obvious Mosley woke up a few weeks back and realized that Bernie holds all the cards in this battle. He owns FOM and GP2 which means he owns Formula 1 and it’s major feeder series.

I hope he chooses to leave the FIA with F1 and GP2, the teams would have to follow.

Negative Camber
Guest

You recall Max claiming some big conspiracy to take over F1 and the implications of the Commercial Rights Holders etc? Seems Max is the only one trying to take over F1 at this point. Bernie may respond (probably will) but he could just let Max hang himself with more moves like this.

Positive Caster
Guest
Positive Caster

Max has become a sad parody of himself. Flailing in all directions trying to remain relevant despite the mounting pressure to vacate his position. Those who argue a man’s personal and professional lives should be judged separately ignore the fact that they share a common thread. FOM needs a strong, independent, impartial governing body and it seems that can no longer be a Max Mosley led FIA.

Noddy93
Guest
Noddy93

I don’t ignore that “they share a common thread”. I simply believe that the “thread” is a false construct invented by the dreaded “moral majority”.

Positive Caster
Guest
Positive Caster

I hear you and agree. Didn’t intend to pass judgment on what he did privately. But as a man in the business of being married what he did can generally be classified as a bad decision. If he makes decisions like that privately he will make them professionally. Bernie will just let him twist in the wind…

Noddy93
Guest
Noddy93

“If he makes decisions like that privately he will make them professionally.”

and what do you base this on?

i have done, now do, and will continue on with actions in my private life that have no bearing on my professional life.

i know many officers of various large corporations that have private lives that would probably make Max blush… if this were something less than a “family safe” website I would go into detail but NC is my hero and I wouldn’t want to upset him.

onthepodium
Guest
onthepodium

cmon NC and grace, have noddy on as a guest :)

Positive Caster
Guest
Positive Caster

““If he makes decisions like that privately he will make them professionally.” and what do you base this on?” The fact that he made at least 1 poor decision privately and lately has made a series of poor decisions professionally. Am I typing too fast for you? I’ll do what I can but please try to keep up… I’m only parroting what was stated in the article but he’s in a position where his private life has had a detrimental effect professionally. ADAC, the monarchy of Bahrain and Monaco, and a number of other organizations feel that way. BTW, I… Read more »

Noddy93
Guest
Noddy93

“The fact that he made at least 1 poor decision privately and lately has made a series of poor decisions professionally. Am I typing too fast for you? I’ll do what I can but please try to keep up… ” So far I’m not having much trouble keeping up… just comprehending the logic posited. Am I to understand that bad business decisions are due to bad private decisions? It’s what your argument is telling me… 9th grade debate defeats this point. (how’s that for a snarky reply to a snarky comment?) Unfortunately, “Parroting” is far too common in today’s society…… Read more »

Negative Camber
Guest

The very thread of moral piety you suggest is errantly judging Max is the very thread that he used to blatantly beat McLaren about the head and neck. What was done behind private doors between Mike C. and Nigel S. is none our business. Maybe they were just spit balling about cars, maybe they were sharing some benign CAD drawings of how they use different tiles, maybe they were planning on going to Honda and wanted to make sure they both felt the same way about systems and design and could improve Honda’s through their combined brain power and skills.… Read more »

Noddy93
Guest
Noddy93

“The very thread of moral piety you suggest is errantly judging Max is the very thread that he used to blatantly beat McLaren about the head and neck.” But the difference is that Max was doing it about a company within a business. Whatever Max has done within the boundaries of his ‘private life’…. he wasn’t wrong about McLaren using Ferrari data to enhance their own vehicles. Again… if Max had used his position to demand a spank-fest with them sexy folk from Ferrari or Renault, ITV,… or even the “pit-babes” then my stance would be completely different. His tryst… Read more »

Negative Camber
Guest

I would consider mike and nigel job search a private matter. I’m not debating for a moral objective. I debate that Max’s actions have impaired the sport. Be it private or not, its doing damage.

Negative Camber
Guest

More importantly is was there any KERS device involved in the Sexcapade? Max missed a “green” opportunity right there. The loss of all that potential energy is unfortunate.

Noddy93
Guest
Noddy93

“I would consider mike and nigel job search a private matter. ” if they were applying for a job outside of motorsport, and F1 in particular I would agree with you. “I debate that Max’s actions have impaired the sport.” I don’t believe that Max’s actions have impaired the sport… I believe the puritanical view held by others which are impairing the sport. That what Max has done outweighs what Ron-n-Company did is proof of that. After all… it’s acceptable to use stolen material to give your car an advantage over others in turn banking your company millions upon millions… Read more »

Negative Camber
Guest

you must haves missed my entire rant last year about McLaren. :)

Noddy93
Guest
Noddy93

so next season you’ll not care about Max?
you’re so flavour of the month….

still my hero though

Frantic
Guest

My money is on Max.
Just sayin…

Negative Camber
Guest

LOL. Attention span of a guppy. :)

Kenny
Guest
Kenny

bernie and max are silly old fools, they r trying there best to ruin f1. 4 me last year championship was the best ever…. so why change things