Ten videos Max Mosley should watch

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Max Mosley, FIA Gala, 2006I am sure Max Mosley is an extremely busy man. And sometimes I wonder if his packed schedule keeps him from noticing things might might make F1 a lot better if they were sorted.

Like stewards failing to implement basic rules, the frequent lack of overtaking caused by Mosley’s own rule changes, and the problems with his green fuels agenda.

Here are the ten videos I hope President Mosley finds time to take a look at.


The phenomenon you will observe in our first video, Max, is called “overtaking.” This is where one car gets in front of another on the track – and not via pit stop strategy.

Overtaking is good, we want more of it. We don’t want F1 turning into NASCAR – where overtaking happens so much it’s irrelevant. But, please, let’s sort out the cars so they can actually get close enough to each other to pass once in a while.

If you want evidence of how bad the overtaking situation has gotten in Formula 1, watch this video.


This is what we have instead of overtaking these days. Not very interesting is it? Do us a favour and get rid of it. It adds nothing to the sport at all.


This is Sebastien Bourdais celebrating his final win of the 2006 Champ Car season with the time honoured motor racing tradition of doing a few doughnuts. Crowds love them, but F1 drivers aren’t allowed to do them.

But surely that’s what you put those enormous tarmac run-offs on circuits for in the first place? Don’t be a stick in the mud, Max – let the drivers entertain the crowds.


The first ever Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1950. F1 is in danger of completely losing touch with its heritage – this weekend could see the last race in France, the birthplace of Grand Prix racing.

Expanding into new venues is good – but F1 must keep some races in its historical heartlands – particularly the one in which most of the teams are presently based.


Juan Pablo Montoya and Michael Andretti swapping positions mere millimetres apart at up to 250mph in the now defunct CART championship.

No racing series in the world offers this kind of thrill any more. If any championship will, it must be Formula 1. Let’s inject some adrenaline into the show – find somewhere safe enough for F1 cars to race at speeds high enough for them to slipstream.

You may remember Montoya – he left F1 last year because he felt the driver was too much at the mercy of the competitiveness of his car. He had a point.


At the start of this year’s Monaco Grand Prix three drivers cut the corner at the first bend (Takuma Sato, Christijan Albers and Adrian Sutil) – and received no penalties.

Why on earth was this allowed to go unpunished, when they gained an advantage over Anthony Davidson, who went out of his way to navigate the corner correctly? Drivers will have no confidence in the stewards if they don’t enforce rules properly.


Credit where it’s due – you’ve done some sterling work on making F1 safer.

But you know there is always more that can be done – and I’m sure this frightening collision, that came shockingly close to injuring Wurz’s head, will have occupied your mind following this year’s Australian Grand Prix.


This is the corkscrew turn at Laguna Seca – one of the most famous corners in the world, it plunges and twists down a steep hill.

But where is the gradient on modern Formula 1 tracks? Hermann Tilke should be designing putting greens, not racing circuits. F1 tracks need more challenges like the daunting drop of the Corkscrew.


Many people will dispute that F1 should be embracing greener technologies. I don’t agree – and neither do you. You have suggested that future F1 engine should run on biofuels.

But there are reasons why we should be wary of biofuels, as this video explains.

Besides, F1 is the perfect proving ground for the wide variety of different green technologies underdevelopment – hydrogen, electric, hybrid and other power sources. Why not let the manufacturers try different solutions, instead of shackling them to biofuel?

Your legacy

What has been the defining moment of your Presidency? I’m afraid for me it was the debacle at Indianapolis in 2005.

Yes, Michelin were to blame because they brought tyres that didn’t work properly. But you were responsible for blocking efforts for any solutions that would have been acceptable to the fans.

You were the last person that could have prevented F1’s greatest embarrassment of this decade. And you failed.

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