Max Mosley is wrong. The only split F1 needs is a break away from him

Max Mosley told the FOTA teams to run their own championship

Max Mosley told the FOTA teams to run their own championship

Max Mosley has told the world that instead of reaching a compromise with the nine FOTA teams, he thinks they should leave F1:

I say to them: If you want to draw up your own rules, then you can organise your own championship. But we have the Formula 1 championship. We draw up the rules for that. We have been doing that for 60 years and we will continue doing so.

It is difficult to believe that the president of the FIA could seriously be advocating a situation where the governing body?s most successful and popular championship is split into two.

Mario Theissen claims it was Mosley?s suggestion that FOTA place a ??conditional? entry to the 2010 championship, which they did last week.

But by agitating for a split Mosley has played into FOTA?s hands. Their argument that the governance of Formula 1 needs reforming has never looked more credible than when Mosley admitted he would rather see F1 split in two than accept that he might not get everything he wants from this debate.

Unlike Mosley, FOTA have been at pains to avoid threatening a split.

Various F1 correspondents have explored the possibilities of them creating a rival championship ?ǣ many pointing to the Ferrari-backed A1 Grand Prix series as a starting point.

But FOTA has frequently stated its desire to keep its teams in F1 and reach an accommodation with the FIA and F1 owners CVC (represented by Bernie Ecclestone).

It is Mosley who has spurned compromise and failed to reach a consensus with the teams.

Some may be tempted to argue that FOTA are holding Mosley to ransom by refusing to accept his demands. I disagree.

Mosley has stated in the past that he has demanded budget capping because the present teams have refused to commit to Formula 1:

Despite my repeated requests, not a single manufacturer has given us a legally-binding undertaking that it will continue in Formula 1
Max Mosley, in a letter to Luca di Montezemolo, April 2009

The manufacturers and supporting teams are now proposing a deal to keep them in the sport until 2012. So why is Mosley talking about a split instead of sealing the deal?

How a split would destroy F1

Pause for a moment to appreciate the full gravity of what Mosley is suggesting by urging the teams to split from F1.

It would mean F1 casting FOTA?s nine teams aside. These have, in their present guises, contested 2,040 Grands Prix, winning 414 races and 55 drivers and constructors’ championships. They are a vital component of the sport, woven deep into the fabric of its history.

We would have two series ?ǣ one calling itself F1, the other containing all bar one of the teams that contested the previous F1 championship.

Drivers and circuits would be caught in the middle. One series might have Spa and Silverstone, Hamilton and Raikkonen. The other Monza and Suzuka, Alonso and Kubica. And both championships would be incomparably weaker propositions.

What of the fans? Some would follow F1. Some would follow the new championship. And many ?ǣ perhaps most ?ǣ would stop watching. The longer it took the two series to re-unify, the worse it would get.

And the same goes for the sponsors which every year pump billions into F1?s coffers.

This is not conjecture. Exactly the same thing happened with the Indy Car championship. It finally re-united last year after 14 years divided – now a pale shadow of its former glory in every respect.

The teams must stay

The FIA President is proposing a development which would rent the world?s biggest motor racing championship in two. It would do huge damage to international motor racing, perhaps irrevocably ruining it.

Max Mosley is not unaccustomed to criticism. But his failure to come to terms with the teams is a new low. He must not be allowed to drive them out of the sport.

Given a choice between keeping the nine teams, and keeping the FIA president, I’d pick the teams.

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203 comments on Max Mosley is wrong. The only split F1 needs is a break away from him

  1. Chaz said on 5th June 2009, 11:23

    I recon it’s all about calling ones bluff, brinkmanship, smoke and daggers, call it whatever you wish…

  2. Brawn said on 5th June 2009, 11:38

    I really do hate this bloke

  3. Dougie said on 5th June 2009, 12:15

    pps. that was in reply to Alex Bkk

  4. GooddayBruce said on 5th June 2009, 13:01

    Keith lays the SMACKDOWN on Mosley. He probably liked it though…

    This man has done NOTHING positive for F1 in almost two decades of FIA presidency with the notable exception of his work in safety. He is too close to the commercial rights owner and this relationship has often impaired his judgement. Fancy offering a sporting advantage to one of the competing teams for 10 years, and allowing the commercial rights to be sold – to the undoubted disadvantage of the sport – just to make a buck or two for his old mucker Bernard.

    There have been a lot of respected commentators (Mike Lawrence on Pitpass and others) who have suggested that Ferrari see themselves as bigger than the sport. I would say the same about Mosley for the reasons you point out in this article.

    His continued involvement in F1′s governance is no longer required. Sadly thanks to the FIA’s rotten structure of governance and rampant corruption he will probably rule for as long as he wants.

    If he is re-elected this year then maybe a break-away series is the only option for the future of Grand Prix racing.

  5. PJA said on 5th June 2009, 13:17

    Completely agree with the article.

    I think the best thing that could happen to F1, is if Mosley had nothing to do with it ever again

  6. Brian said on 5th June 2009, 13:32

    It all comes down to this. Greed and power. M.M. and B.E. just want money for themselves and they want they are using their position to get it. They don’t care about the fans. I’m not saying that they teams care about us lowly fans that much more, but i think they have a better understading that we too have to be pleased above all esle because without us there would be no F1.
    As an example, I’m sure that Red Bull would love to do all they could to make things as easy and fun for the fans at race weekends because they understand that to sell, you have to give. But at the same time, B.E. would have rather everyone in attendance be wearing a suit and have a martini in hand.
    I agree that the FIA should make the on track rules, but they should stay the heck out of the teams financial business. No team will spend more than they can, thats why the have accountants. All that M.M’s new regs will do is allow teams like Litespeed and other small non-competative teams enter the championship and water it down.
    This league needs to be more fan friendly if it wansts to survive. I live in Canada and I have had to sit by and watch our national pastime of hockey watered down and ruined by men in suits. Too many teams, not enough talent to go around. Hockey sucks, that why i switched to F1 and now its about to go to crap. I just want to watch good competative racing, but i guess that won’t happen as long as B.E. and M.M. are in charge.
    One question. is there any rule or reg that the teams could exploit that would get M.M. and B.E. removed from FIA? because if there is I’m sure they would have done it already but I’m just curious.

  7. I firmly beleive that if the FIA was effectively and well run, then the teams would be happy to stick with the racing & leave the FIA to it. Most of the FOTA members are in it for the racing and are not businessmen by nature, but even so I am far more impressed with their efforts lately than S&Max’s.

    Say what you want about ego’s & who is obstructing the future path of F1, but the fact remains that there can only be one person responsible for the shambles that is the FIA.

    Having said that, I don’t beleive that there will be a split. The only reason for that is because Bernie would lose too much money if that happened, so I fully expect him to bring his dog to heel before things take that path.

  8. Dougie said on 5th June 2009, 14:56

    I should have added that, as the Entry Form contains the statement “We hereby apply to enter the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship under the standard regulations/under the cost cap regulations (delete as appropriate) and we undertake to participate in each and every Event :” that the teams were left with little choice but to do what they did. Max hasn`t really shifted an inch since the cap regs were first published.

    persempre, jeez! this is the reason why Max suggested they submit conditional entries, to cover that. I guess he had the “outcome of the negotiations” in mind and not the conditions that the teams submitted!

  9. Dougie said on 5th June 2009, 14:57

    I should have added that, as the Entry Form contains the statement “We hereby apply to enter the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship under the standard regulations/under the cost cap regulations (delete as appropriate) and we undertake to participate in each and every Event :” that the teams were left with little choice but to do what they did. Max hasn`t really shifted an inch since the cap regs were first published.

    persempre, jeez! this is the reason why Max suggested they submit conditional entries, to cover that. I guess he had the “outcome of the negotiations” in mind and not the conditions that the teams submitted!

  10. Dougie said on 5th June 2009, 15:00

    I should have added that, as the Entry Form contains the statement “We hereby apply to enter the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship under the standard regulations/under the cost cap regulations (delete as appropriate) and we undertake to participate in each and every Event :” that the teams were left with little choice but to do what they did. Max hasn`t really shifted an inch since the cap regs were first published.

    I meant replies to this above… yeesh!

  11. Isuraeru said on 5th June 2009, 15:33

    I’m really bored with this now, and in more the website is doing funny things with my posts. I’ll see you on another post sometime, but not in the same way. Take it easy.

    Chicken!!!

  12. phil c said on 5th June 2009, 23:14

    Dougie

    There is a good article on ITV regarding FOTA starting there own championship. James allen points to the fact that if FOTA go ahead a do there own championship, which they will own and run, they will get the same money they are currently getting from Bernie. That is a great incentive to start you own series. That is in the first year. As popularity increases which is will more cash comes in. It all hedges on the FOTA sticking together. Why would you want to stay with f1, if all the big names go to a new series. F1 will be dead overnight. I hope they do it. You as well as i know people will follow mclaren,ferrari, renault, alonso, vetell, hamilton etc etc before lite speed, williams, lola with no name drivers.

    Bernie will be gone FIA gone. I hope they do it. Funding will be realigned as it should be and the problem of a dictatorship is gone.

  13. John Skuja said on 7th June 2009, 23:47

    OK,
    What I see is a repeat of the Tony George/CART battle of a few years ago.. Tony/Max, the huge egos who are interested only in their own power and supposed stature in the press, and the teams and drivers, who want to have a great racing series… In the case of F1, the top of the entire world in tech and skill… Tony insisted that he was creating an ovals only series for “American” drivers, see the latest IRL stats, mostly foreign drivers racing on virtually all the circuits that CART used to race on, and now CART and IRL are merged and not any better than CART was to begin with… just a 1 manufacturer, 1 engine builder series that is boring as hell.. If you listen to what Max is proposing, carefully, it is the exact same thing, a spec series that is run all over the planet, but still boring as hell… Let the teams do what they want, give them a chance to downsize their budgets, and not just chop them off at the knees.. If not we will have two milk toast series, neither of which will be worth watching…

  14. John Skuja said on 7th June 2009, 23:47

    OK,

    What I see is a repeat of the Tony George/CART battle of a few years ago.. Tony/Max the huge egos who are interested only in their own power and supposed stature in the press, and the teams and drivers, who want to have a great racing series… In the case of F1, the top of the entire world in tech and skill… Tony insisted that he was creating an ovals only series for “American” drivers, see the latest IRL stats, mostly foreign drivers racing on virtually all the circuits that CART used to race on, and now CART and IRL are merged and not any better than CART was to begin with… just a 1 manufacturer, 1 engine builder series that is boring as hell.. If you listen to Max is proposing, carefully, it is the exact same thing, a spec series that is run all over the planet, but still boring as hell… Let the teams do what they want, give them a chance to downsize their budgets, and not just chop them off at the knees.. If not we will have two milk toast series, neither of which will be worth watching…

  15. GQsm said on 9th June 2009, 13:45

    Dougie, you are as deluded as Max.
    A man that thinks S&M Orgies behind his wife’s back are acceptable has clearly got a screw loose. I’m still aghast that he had the nerve to stay on, name any other position of responsibility where he wouldn’t have been held accountable. We not talking a mild affair, this is a S&M orgy, it’s extreme and just shows what this man’s values are.

    So the solution is FOTA split and build a proper league run democratically with no chance of a single power hungry megalomaniac dictatorship.
    You can follow the FIA and their ‘good ol days’ league and the rest the world can watch the new series that is modern F1.

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