Bernie Ecclestone waited a few days before responding to Max Mosley’s surprising claims last week about the FIA’s contract negotiations with Formula One Group:
I sincerely hope that it isn’t a declaration of war because, if that’s what the message should be, then we’ll have to defend ourselves. That is what anyone would do. I don’t believe that’s what Max wanted the letter to say. I don’t want to have a war with Max. I hope he doesn’t want one with me.
Is this all an elaborate act on the part of the pair? Or is Mosley exaggerating the nature of the discussions between the FIA and FOG in an attempt to save his presidency? Or is something else going on?
Ecclestone, who rarely gives interviews in great length, said:
This whole business is really about what was printed in the News of the World and whether this in any way damaged the FIA clubs or the FIA – that’s all. It’s nothing to do with anything else and I don’t quite know why he’s come out and said these things. I am sorry if the press have reported things which he doesn’t like, but we certainly don’t have any influence over the FIA.
You can read more from Ecclestone in this story from The Times. According to the newspaper, which has given more column space to coverage of the Mosley scandal than the rest of the British press, Ecclestone said, “I don’t see any problems up until a couple of months ago,?óÔéĽ?Ř referring to the emergence of the News of the World story about Mosley.