Ron Dennis speaks, Max Mosley sues

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

I’m officially sick of the Max Mosley thing. He claims to have, “received a very large number of messages of sympathy and support from those within the FIA and the motor sport and motoring communities.”

Well since then BMW, Mercedes, Honda, Toyota, the German and Dutch motor sports organisations and many individuals including former champions Jody Scheckter and Jackie Stewart have criticised him. Cristian Horner and Stefano Domenicali awkwardly ducked questions about him in today’s press conference.

Number of people publicly sticking up for Mosley: zero.

According to The Times’s Ed Gorman, “[Mosley] has ‘lost’ the Formula One paddock and he has certainly ‘lost’ the press room.” I don’t doubt that’s true, but what I’d really like to read on Ed’s blog is his thoughts on his employer’s role in all this.

I asked a friend of mine who has worked for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation whether it was likely their revelations about Mosley in the News of the World was a response to the FIA’s decision to sue The Sunday Times (because of Martin Brundle’s columns on McLaren and Ferrari).

He chuckled at my naivete in even asking the question. Of course that’s what happened…

Given that, how should we assess Mosley’s chances of success in his new lawsuit against the News of the World? Not well, I should think.

I do not see how Mosley can survive this without causing yet further harm to F1’s reputation. And as he thrashes around looking for someone to blame other than himself the public image of the sport he represents is being dragged through the mud.

For the perfect example of the kind of ridicule Mosley has brought upon the sport, turn to the sublime Sniff Petrol.

From a man who’s gone down in my estimations to one who’s risen in my esteem: Ron Dennis.

Motor Sport published in full his speech to the Motor Sport Business Forum and you can read it here. For a man who is often lambasted for his clumsy phrases, it’s an attractively phrased speech and apparently it earned him a round of applause.

I may not agree with him when he says 20 races a year is a “a natural logistical limit,” or that budget caps are a good idea (Pandora’s Box, mark my words), but I’ve never heard Dennis sound so eloquent, appreciative and understanding of the sport.

Almost… Presidential.

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  1. Don’t use Senna’s name.  That is an insult.

    Rupert Murdoch is pro-Rupert Murdoch and nothing else.  The people who have seen the full 5 hour video have said there are Nazi uniforms.  Like the rest of us you have 90 seconds of that 5 hours available to you and have no clue what appears in it.  As I have said elsewhere for all we know 4 hours of it could be the Superbowl.

    It seems odd that you object to NOTW accusing Max of something he has done or at the very least he has done 95% of what they claim but you think it is OK for you to accuse Ron Dennis.  There is no evidence whatever Ron Dennis is involved and it never ceases to amaze me that everyone who accepts Max’s side of any story totally ignores the evidence and is happy to form opinions in complete ignorance with no shred of evidence.

    Max threatened to sue The Times.  Anyone with any intelligence knew Murdoch would retaliate before the matter ever got to court.

    There are literally hundreds of people with good reasons to set Max up for something like this and Ron Dennis is only one.  It could just as easily be Nigel Stepney who until this week was supposed to be the only person leaking info from Maranello and who Max has sentenced on very weak evidence, or Flavio Briatore over the mass damper nonsense, Tony George for the loss of the GP at Indy, anyone from Barcelona or the Spanish NSA because of the racist allegations etc etc. 

    The only people who may have committed an offense are the people who filmed it and the newspaper that published it and it is unlikely that Ron Dennis was the hooker with the camera but don’t let reality interfere with your views.

  2. -How strange some of these posts are….it is ok for everyone to have any kind of sexual fantasies and affairs….except Max Mosley
    -I read the link posted by "Ayrton Senna" and i have to admit that the article sheds light on some of the facts alot of tabloid/sensation papers did voluntary skip to enforce a certain point of view!
    -Nazi or non-nazi uniform…who cares….Versace was a gay and no one even thought to film him….who knows what kind of perversions he commited…which shows that both neutrality and objectivity are intentionally thrown overboard when needed!
    -What i do,with who I sleep/eat/drink/… and what religion i believe in is of no one’s business….

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