Max Mosley wins FIA vote of confidence

Max Mosley has won the vote of confidence in him is FIA President.

Before the votes were cast in the FIA extraordinary general meeting it was calculated that he needed at least 89 of 177 available votes to win (45 of the 222 clubs were judged ineligible to vote).

He won with 103 votes to 55, with seven abstentions and four invalid votes. Further updates below.

With so much opposition to him having come out in public, not least from Bernie Ecclestone and many of the largest automobile clubs that comprise the FIA membership, it remains to be seen whether there will be further attempts to remove him from office.

In a poll on this website 81% of readers wanted Mosley to step down over the sex scandal.

Update: the ramifications of the vote are already being felt. The German motoring body ADAC, the largest in Europe, has announced it is suspending all activities relating to the FIA until Mosley steps down. More here. The American Automobile Association is expected to make an announcement shortly.

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88 comments on Max Mosley wins FIA vote of confidence

  1. OK, 1.It has been stated elsewhere on F1Fanatic that Bernie and FOG are already trying to take control of F1. It now looks like he will be able to go ahead with winning more organisations over to his point of view, since there are a lot of unhappy people about now.
    This will mean that FOG, and its various members will
    a)own the racing circuits
    b)own the racing teams
    c)own the racing drivers
    d)make up the rules and enforce them
    Do you really want this to happen?
    2. Since ADAC has already left the FIA, and the American organisation may follow suit, and others, what will happen to the overall control of Motorsport if it fragments? Do you want to see unified regulations or do you want to go back to the mess it was before most came under FIA control?
    3. With Max still in place this scandal will now continue to rattle around the media until the court case and beyond. This will affect everyone and everything to do with any motorsport under FIA control.

  2. Journeyer said on 3rd June 2008, 13:27

    Oh, and if the key FIA clubs (most notably ADAC) withdraw from the FIA, will this affect the F1 GPs held in their countries? Or will they make a separate deal with Bernie for it?

  3. No surprise when small clubs have the same voting power as large clubs then it is easier to get a favourable vote if they have “support” from the fia – still wouldnt like to hear what sponsors think of this

  4. Journeyer said on 3rd June 2008, 13:32

    DG,

    1. Isn’t that what NASCAR is doing now? Sure, the racing may be artificial, but marketing-wise, it’s right up there with F1 (which is struggling with politics). So maybe this structure won’t be as bad for F1 as we think it is – so long as it’s led by Bernie or someone like him, and not corporate suits.

    2. We want unified regulations – and that would’ve happened if Max left. As it is, he’s forcing the issue, and it’s forcing the bigger clubs to leave rather than work than someone they don’t respect anymore.

    3. That’s right on point. With Max still around, this won’t just go away. Remember, McLaren escaped punishment the 1st time, but not the 2nd time round. Will this also be the case with Mosley?

  5. Journeyer

    It hadn’t occured to me that was how NASCAR works – I would rather it wasn’t Bernie running F1 purely because he appears to be the only person making any money from it!

    I have been struck with another thought – what if Max does resign in 2009, and then realigns himself with Bernie and FOG? Where does that leave the FIA and his critics? (I wonder if this is Bernies get-out-of-jail offer?)

  6. Journeyer said on 3rd June 2008, 13:44

    Hmmm… I think Bernie knows better than that. Because right now, he’s in a stronger position than Max, all the more so if he does resign by 2009.

    Oh, Keith,

    titlebar: Max Mosley loses FIA confidence vote
    article title: Max Mosley wins FIA vote of confidence

    :p

  7. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 3rd June 2008, 13:47

    That’s the funniest typo ever! Fixing it now…

  8. Journeyer said on 3rd June 2008, 13:56

    MUCH better. Oh, if the ADAC are withdrawing from the FIA, does this mean that the German GP is off? Or will they be just talking to Bernie and cut out the FIA – if that’s even possible?

  9. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 3rd June 2008, 14:07

    Journeyer – no, the ADAC don’t organise the German Grand Prix.

  10. Journeyer said on 3rd June 2008, 14:10

    Wait – they do the GP at the Nurburgring then? I know they run one of the 2, either that or Hockenheim. Which club is running it this year? Also, are there any potential clubs leaving the FIA holding GPs for the rest of the year?

  11. Rabi said on 3rd June 2008, 14:12

    Exactly my thoughts Journeyer with the ADAC withdrawing what does it do to the German GP.

    Which begs the question if the ADAC does have control over the German GP then what of the other nations and their GP’s? Also can FOG/FOM fine groups such as ADAC if they block the F1 GP?

    Could all these actions jeapordaise the upcoming GP’s in Montreal, UK and France?

  12. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 3rd June 2008, 14:16

    Yes, ADAC run the Nürburgirng race (AvD – Automobile Club of Germany – do the German Grand Prix) so we shall see what becomes of the 2009 Nürburgirng race (whether it was going to be called the German Grand Prix or not is a matter of dispute, it cannot be called the European Grand Prix any more).

    I doubt it will change anything for the UK as the MSA have already said they “respect” the decision.

  13. Sush said on 3rd June 2008, 14:30

    ADAC do the Nurburgring?

    well at least that the one good thing out of this mess.

  14. Sush said on 3rd June 2008, 14:38

    the original typo, LOL
    the chosen max picture, more LOL

  15. William Wilgus said on 3rd June 2008, 14:42

    FIA R.I.P.

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