Two new names have joined the chorus of criticism of Max Mosley – Red Bull driver Mark Webber, and Porsche.
Webber’s remarks to the BBC are pretty much as strong as any current driver has dared to make.
And Porsche has used the scandal to justify their continued non-participation in a sport that boasts several of their major rivals.
Webber told the BBC:
Whether we like it or not, all of us in F1 are role models, and F1 simply cannot have scandals of this type.
He’s in a very, very influential position and it’s a very important role that he has.
It makes it difficult when any of these sorts of scandals are involved, when they become public. It will be more challenging for him to do his role.
Many other drivers have avoided commenting on the scandal or, in the case of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in the press conference before the Bahrain Grand Prix, only talked about it in vague terms.
Webber is on the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association which has clashed with Mosley in the past, particularly over the question of track safety at Monza. Mosley was characteristically dismissive of their complaints about the lack of run-off and type of barriers used at the track, something which has since been addressed.
Porsche’s comment is even more unusual. It came as Porsche chairman Wolfgang Porsche and Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech were being interviewed by German magazine Stern (Porsche owns a substantial stake in VW). Both were asked about whether their brands might compete in Formula 1.
Piech replied: “?ů‘«‹?ľ300m a year – that is just burning money,” and Porsche added, “And after the affair with Max Mosley and the women it would not be very savoury to get involved now.”
As Pitpass points out Volkswagen has had its share of sex scandals in recent years.
But it’s not as if these two closely-knit companies have no involvement with F1 or the FIA. The Porsche Supercup championship has supported F1’s European rounds for many seasons.
I think what we’re seeing is more people realising Mosley is not going to be in power after the June 3rd meeting and it’s emboldening them to be more vocal in their criticisms.
Mosley is expending more time trying to win a battle he’s already lost by endeavouring to have the notorious video banned from being shown in France. He’d already failed in a legal bid to stop the News of the World from showing it because, to paraphrase the judge, everyone’s seen it already.
The damage is done, and it’s time Mosley realised the damage he is doing to F1’s reputation by allowing it to drag on.
According to yesterday’s Times (a publication we should treat with caution in regard to this story) even Bernie Ecclestone now wants him to leave.