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. Journeyer

    I can see that Bernie will now have the stronger position, but there was speculation last week over his sudden change of position and not supporting his old Brabham pal in this.
    There is still a possibility that all this is a move by the pair to get FOG into the position they want it to be, and the FIA unable to stop them.
    All this publicity pointed at Max is stopping anybody looking too closely at where Bernie wants F1 to go in the next few years, and how he is doing it, and even where Max is taking the FIA.
    What are Max’s Deputies there for if not to keep the President under control? What is going to happen now to the Manufacturers and the various Royal Families who have shunned Max recently? They could lose their invitations to future FIA events….

  2. Michael K said on 3rd June 2008, 15:01

    I’m beginning to think Max is intentionally running the FIA into the ground. I’m not sure who would benefit exactly, but my initial idea is Bernie, who might now proceed to take all of the control that the FIA has to himself in order to “save the sport” or something like that. This would of course be quite a high stakes game, but it wouldn’t be the first time.
    Or, on the other hand, Max is just such an egomaniac that he can’t do anything else than try and hang on to his position of power. Which is now of course crumbling at its base, so he might be king of a castle where all the noblemen have left and only the village idiots still hang around with him…

  3. Green Flag said on 3rd June 2008, 15:46

    This is, of course, excellent news. The many hysterical doomsayers (HDs) on this blog and elsewhere will be proved, once again, to be not only wrong but completely out of touch with the reality of how things really work. Thankfully, misguided and vindictive popular opinion has not been allowed to rule the day. Naturally, I am expecting a storm of virulent, ranting posts from said HDs decrying me; I wonder who will be first?

  4. Never, Green Flag, I hope that you are proved correct and we are all wrong – for the good of motorsport!

  5. good news bad news ? on one hand the clubs clearly separated Mosley’s private life from his ability to work, that is probably fine

    what is not fine is, that this result very likely does not mean end to this whole mess.

  6. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 3rd June 2008, 16:04

    Green Flag – Looking at one of the Mosley posts that garnered the greatest reaction I think it’s quite unfair to characterise many of the posts that are thoughtful and well-argued contributions as “hysterical” just because you disagree with them.

  7. Incidently, Keith, has anybody spoken to Charlie Whiting about all this?
    I am wondering since he was part of the Brabham take over of F1 from FISA, and now he is running the races for the FIA and imposing all the penalties.
    Is he still friends with Bernie and Max? Is he pro-FIA or pro-FOG, or even pro-Manufacturers?
    And is there anybody else still around from those times – there do seem to be some alarming parallels between then and now….

  8. Sush said on 3rd June 2008, 17:04

    sweet, i’ve been asigned an alphanumerical name.

    I shall now be known as HD31.
    Journeyer shall be HD2, Keith HD1 (clearly).

    Why is it that Mosley constantly strives for Transparency from business with the FIA yet never returns the transparency favours when he argues his point, over his decisions?.

  9. DG also Herbie Blash who is currently the FIA’s deputy race director. He’s the guy who trys to stop the drivers from going and shaking the hands of the team after the race.

    Although Herbie really doesn’t seem to want to. He clearly loves race drivers being excited to win. Shame to put him in that situation.

  10. Journeyer said on 3rd June 2008, 17:11

    Sush, me, HD2, just behind Keith? Wow, I’m flattered. :)

    But you do make a good point on Max and transparency. But then again, he never struck me as someone who practices what he preaches.

    “The many hysterical doomsayers (HDs) on this blog and elsewhere will be proved, once again, to be not only wrong but completely out of touch with the reality of how things really work.”

    I’ll reserve judgement on this at least until the dissenting clubs make a joint statement (which, chances are, they will) or something to that effect. The ADAC and AAA have publicly floated the possibility of leaving the FIA altogether, and that still won’t have a good effect – not just on motorsport, but on motoring as a whole.

  11. Scott Joslin said on 3rd June 2008, 17:16

    What an anti cli-MAX! Why can’t this thing just go away!

    Green Flag – Pot Kettle and all that. I sense a bit of Hysteria in your comments also you are implying that you are righteous enough suggest we are all hysterical and deluded on this site. We are all allowed to pass comment on Max’s position through such a medium the same as max is allow to express himself in his funny little activities without damaging his credibility.

    With some of the big motoring associations threatening to leave, I wonder if we are going to be facing a new powers struggle in the sport?

  12. Fireblade said on 3rd June 2008, 17:27

    Congratulations Mr. Mosley!
    I am very happy that you have won the confidence vote….What happens in your private life is of no ones business….especially in a so-called 1st world society.

  13. I was deliberately not mentioning the ‘transparency’ issue in case it was deemed ‘hysterical’.

    Good point Sush, it appeared to me that not long after he said everything would be transparent, nobody could find out about anything at all!

  14. Journeyer said on 3rd June 2008, 17:33

    I think here’s a point most people are missing: most of the people who want Max to go are not asking him to leave because of his ACTUAL actions, but rather because of the consequences of us discovering those actions. He is no longer able to command respect both inside and outside of the FIA. He is no longer able to dispense his actual duties, leaving almost all the work to his VPs, while he hides away or goes to dates in court. And as a result the FIA will not run properly if their leader is always questioned.

    Just my two cents worth.

  15. underdog said on 3rd June 2008, 17:35

    So far he was prevented from attending Bahrain, Spain and Turkey. He was back at Monte Carlo (where anything goes) but was excluded from official functions.

    He is the face of the F-1 and is not welcome at F-1 events …

    Not good for the sport, that’s for sure.

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