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

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  1. Rabi said on 4th June 2008, 13:32

    “Surely , if Max was really that bad for the FIA / F1 , after so long , he would have been voted out.”

    I disagree with this, when one gains great power the first thing they do is to ensure that they do not lose that power which is what Max did when he introduced the majority ruling factor into the FIA. (I am sure he brought that in but I might be wrong).

    Also please do not forget that the safety issues that Max brought in were due to his own failings in 1994.

  2. GF: It’s funny how you make our argument for us. Hillary/Max, the wrong person for the job.

  3. “Max Mosley, the disgraced FIA president, was able to stay in his post through the support of national bodies that represent just 5% of the organisation’s membership, it has been calculated”,18954,3213_3647896,00.html

    Speaking to the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday evening, Ecclestone denied that Mosley’s victory will make it any easier for him to return to full flight as FIA president.”There were many people who didn’t want to speak to him before. I can’t think they will want to speak to him now as a result of what has happened.”Nothing has changed in that respect. Just because he gets a few clubs from Africa voting for him will not make the king of Spain want to shake his hand,” Ecclestone added.Telegraph writer Kevin Garside also derided Mosley’s confidence victory, pointing out that many of those who voted for him were “from Eastern Europe, Africa and the developing world”

  4. Agreed Rabi, what greater power can this guy have than to openly humiliate himself; have more than half of the competitive racing people shun and avoid him; and yet manage to hold onto his office.

    It’s disgraceful, corrupt, and totally self serving. Look at the picture of Mosley Kieth attached, if that is not the look of a raving lunatic than I don’t what is.

    Max has effectively given the single digit salute to the WORLD, and no doubt will wreak havoc against his perceived “enemies”.

    Oh GF, your “brilliant” riposte to my comment (#66) was hardly enlightening. Your apology should have been directed at your lack of creativity as opposed to “offending” anyone. Give yourself a couple of extra lashes in your next S&M session with Herr Mosley.

  5. Jean said on 5th June 2008, 9:10

    George K , comment #79 , one error made “to OPENLY humiliate himself ?” I understood it happened in private , with a SECRET camera in the place ie. he was completely set up ? or have I missed something ?

  6. @Jean – thats the point I am trying to make:
    Was he set up? In which case we will find out who by when it goes to court….
    Or is there something else going on at the FIA? Since Max surely knew before he called the vote what the reaction of ADAC and others might be…..

  7. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 5th June 2008, 11:52

    Here is Autosport’s Dieter Rencken’s account of what happened in the meeting:

    According to sources Mosley twice alluded to the 100-year agreement as part of his defence before the General Assembly: first by suggesting that the invasion of privacy which saw his recreational activities outed were an act of terrorism against him and the FIA, and that any renegotiation would cost the FIA upwards of €200,000 ($300,000/£150,000) in legal fees.

    By implication, the only party with an interest in damaging the FIA would be one with a vested interest in the FIA, and who else – apart from the FIA itself – has a vested interest in the body but the CRH?


    So heavily did Mosley harp on the terrorism angle that the vote went overwhelmingly 103:55 in his favour, with but seven abstentions and four invalid papers. Enough said.

    (Full article here – subscription required)

    As Rencken goes on to explain, the cost of the legal fees referred to by Mosley substantially exceeds the cost of holding the general assembly. The Times estimated it as being around £1m.

  8. Journeyer said on 5th June 2008, 12:26

    Keith, you mean the assembly costs exceed the legal costs? I’m a bit confused, shouldn’t it be the other way round?

  9. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 5th June 2008, 12:41

    Yes you’re right the assembly costs are much greater than the legal costs. My mistake!

  10. I’m sorry Keith, you are going to have to explain that a bit more before it makes sense:

    1. what 100 year agreement, and between who?
    2. how does an attack on an individual require a renegotiation of it?
    3. why will this require legal fees?
    4. who,or what is CRH?
    5. is he legally allowed to declare an attack on himself as an attack on the FIA?

  11. Michael K said on 5th June 2008, 16:25

    Max is using the word terrorism in this affair! How funny is that!! Seriously, I think this will go down as one of the most comical affairs in history, both the affair itself and then his defence coupled with crazy allegations…
    It’s hilarous!! Now as nobody really seems to be stepping up to get rid of Max and prevent further damage to motorsport as a whole (except the ADAC and AAA in some smallish steps), I’ll just lean back and watch the coming events destroy even more than the events up to know already have. Should be an interesting show!!

  12. Jean, comment #80: The open humiliation is 100% his, regardless of how it came to light. And as Max has previously stated, where the evidence comes from is secondary to the evidence being accurate. Oh, that doesn’t apply to himself of course, just McLaren and anyone he feels deserves a good paddling.

    If you were the head of a major corporation would you like to have dinner with Max and report back to your board of directors what a charming character he seems to be, as opposed to the S&M despot he actually is?

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