Max Mosley is planning to run for election as president of the FIA once again this year.
Should Max Mosley remain FIA president for five more years?
- Yes (6%)
- No (90%)
- No opinion (4%)
Total Voters: 955
Max Mosley was elected president of the FIA in 1991, ousting Frenchman Jean-Marie Balestre who had held the post since 1978, and after 13 years in the job his presidency was widely considered a bit long in the tooth.
But now Mosley has been heading up the FIA for 18 years and, if he completes another five-year term, by 2014 he’ll have spent 23 years in the job – a full decade longer than Balestre.
Has he been in the role too long? Has he done a good job? Would five more years of Mosley be good for Formula 1?
Max Mosley as FIA president, 1991 – ?
He has seldom been far away from controversy during his 18 years heading up the FIA. From the infamous memo at the 1993 Canadian Grand Prix declaring that all the cars were illegal, to the rush the introduce new safety measures in the wake of Ayrton Senna’s death the following year, to the Indianapolis fiasco in 2005, “Spygate” in 2007, and “Spankgate” last year, the FIA president has often made bigger headlines than the racing has.
Alongside the controversies Mosley has been at the centre of fierce debate over F1’s technical rules. He has argued that F1 must serve as a test bed for green technologies, and that other innovations should be strictly regulated to prevent costs spiralling out of control. But this could risk destroying the essence of Formula 1 and the core of its appeal.
He has made U-turns on some of the most controversial changes he introduced to F1 earlier in his tenure – such as re-introducing refuelling and banning slick tyres. I’m thrilled to see slicks returning this year and refuelling banned in 2010, but these changes should never have been made in the first place. And he certainly didn’t have the same mania for green technologies in 1999 when the FIA prevented McLaren from using an early KERS on their cars.
If he does stand for election again, his victory is surely a guarantee, as was made clear last year when he easily survived a confidence vote of the FIA senate following the sadomasochism scandal.
During the scandal he appealed to many people who considered voting against him by saying he would step down in 2009. It’s hardly surprising to see him go back on his word, especially as he did exactly the same when he first promised to step down in 2004.
Should he stand again? Who would make a better president of the FIA? Would we miss him if he left? Have your say in the comments.
Read more about Max Mosley: Max Mosley biography
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