New Mosley threat over “dictator” claims puts FIA-FOTA deal in jeopardy

Max Mosley is fuming over 'grossly insulting' claims he was a 'dictator'

Max Mosley is fuming over 'grossly insulting' claims he was a 'dictator'

Max Mosley has sent a stinging letter to Luca di Montezemolo, accusing the FOTA and Ferrari boss of describing him as a “dictator” and giving inaccurate information to the press following the deal reached yesterday.

Mosley has demanded FOTA “correct false statements” and issue and apology or else he will “consider my options open” regarding his future as FIA president. Here’s the letter in full:

Dear Luca,

We made a deal yesterday in Paris to end the recent difficulties in Formula One. A fundamental part of this was that we would both present a positive and truthful account to the media. I was therefore astonished to learn that FOTA had been briefing the press that Mr Boeri had taken charge of Formula One, something which you know is completely untrue; that I have been forced out of office, also false; and, apparently, that I would have no role in the FIA after October, something which is plain nonsense, if only because of the FIA statutes.

Furthermore, you have suggested to the media that I was a “dictator”, an accusation which is grossly insulting to the 26 members of the World Motor Sports Council who have discussed and voted all the rules and procedures of Formula One since the 1980s, not to mention the representatives of the FIA’s 122 countries who have democratically endorsed everything Iand my World Motor Sport Council colleagues have done during the last 18 years.

If you wish the agreement we made to have any chance of survival, you and FOTA must immediately rectify your actions. You must correct the false statements which have been made and make no further such statements. You yourself must issue a suitable correction and apology at your press conference this afternoon.

Formula One is run entirely by our 5-strong team without any help from me or any other outsider. There was no need for me to involve myself further in Formula One once we had a settlement. Equally, I had a long-standing plan not to seek re-election in October. It was therefore possible for me to confirm both points to you yesterday.

However, given your and FOTA’s deliberate attempt to mislead the media, I now onsider my options open. At least until October, I am president of the FIA with the full authority of that office. After that it is the FIA members clubs, not you or FOTA, who will decide on the future leadership of the FIA.

Yours sincerely,

Max Mosley

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156 comments on New Mosley threat over “dictator” claims puts FIA-FOTA deal in jeopardy

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  1. Gman said on 25th June 2009, 21:51

    Just when we thought he had been disposed of…..

  2. Robert McKay said on 25th June 2009, 21:54

    You can’t argue with him, you can’t reason with him. HE WILL NOT STOP UNTIL FORMULA 1 IS DEAD. As Kyle Reese may or may not have said.

  3. goofy said on 25th June 2009, 21:56

    I am president of the FIA with the full authority of that offive.

    sounds like a dictator

  4. Lynn said on 25th June 2009, 22:06

    He needs to be removed now!

    • Dougal said on 26th June 2009, 17:58

      I say that FOTA should take off and nuke the FIA offices from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.

  5. “26 members of the World Motor Sports Council who have discussed and voted all the rules and procedures of Formula One since the 1980s.”

    “Formula One is run entirely by our 5-strong team without any help from me or any other outsider.”

    “I am president of the FIA with the full authority of that offive.” (sic)

    Amazing how the decision making of the FIA changes according to the point Max wishes to make.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 25th June 2009, 22:15

      LOL!

      • It would appear that Max doesn’t know enough about how the FIA works to be able to run it. Besides, what evidence does he have that it was FOTA who made the Boeri comments?

        The “forced out” was implied from the fact that this happened 24 hours after Max said he’d stand for re-election. Hardly a natural occurrence, nor something that any reasonable journalist could have chalked up to normal behaviour or “one of those things”. If Max wasn’t forced, then there is no logical explanation for his changing his mind so quickly. No briefing at all was needed for the press to figure that one out.

        The “no role after October” was implied when Max said he wouldn’t have a role in F1 between now and October. That part originated from Max’s own misleading statement.

        As for the “dictator” bit… …the changes done unilaterally to the F1 regulations on March 17 2009, against the Sporting Regulations, the will of the teams and without the aid of the WMSC, would tend to argue against that.

        As far as I’m concerned, today’s statement is sufficient proof on its own that Max is no longer capable of running the FIA. An apology and withdrawal of comments would be entirely inappropriate, given the validity of the ones known to be from FOTA. Rather, Max should apologise for his misleading comments to the media – including the ones in the statement in the original entry that Clive quoted.

        • neracer said on 26th June 2009, 12:30

          I may be going too far here, but is it possible that FOTA’s statement was a way of testing Max’s commitment to the “agreements” made? Maybe there will still be a breakaway series?

    • Achilles said on 26th June 2009, 7:50

      How can you be so sure of that when all the news we have is via the media, even the specialist press cannot resist sensationalist headlines…

    • Tim said on 26th June 2009, 9:20

      Those statements aren’t necessarily incompatible, so I wouldn’t read too much into them on their own.

      To paraphrase slightly, Mosley could simply be saying “I continue to serve as FIA president until the end of my term and have not formally surrendered any of the powers associated with my office. Formal scrutiny, discussion and approval of F1 rules and procedures has rested and continues to rest with the WMSC. The day to day administration of F1 as a championship continues to be the responsibility of a 5 strong team of FIA officials.”

      The danger here for FOTA and the best interests of F1 in general is that Max is wounded but he isn’t dead. Mosley is effectively looking for a way to go with an iota of dignity, i.e. he wants a way to step down that doesn’t look as if he were forced from office, even if he really was. Consider it the last request of the condemned man, as it were.

      If that was part of the deal that FOTA agreed and they are failing to uphold, e.g. by briefing the press that Mosley is now a lame duck who has handed over responsibility for F1 to others, then Max may decide not to go quietly and the consequences of that could be disastrous.

      • We’ve never heard anything about this 5-person team before and the WMSC has been circumvented quite a few times (but not as often as the TWG and SWG, which according to Appendix 5 of the Sporting Regulations are supposed to be the initial point of formal discussion for F1 regs).

        • Tim said on 26th June 2009, 13:10

          I wasn’t trying to confirm the veracity of Mosley’s statements, just suggest that they may not be contradictory.

          But it isn’t too huge a leap of faith to suggest that an FIA championship is administered and supported by a small group of FIA officials, is it?

  6. lukeaa said on 25th June 2009, 22:11

    arrgghhh this is getting very tiresome very quickly.

  7. YeaMon said on 25th June 2009, 22:11

    Julius Caesar was a dictator and said he wasn’t. Look what happened to him…

  8. ajokay said on 25th June 2009, 22:13

    What did FOTA learn?….

    • That Max Mosley is considerably less adept at applying his intelligence than FOTA may previously have thought.

      • ajokay said on 26th June 2009, 9:15

        Which in turn makes FOTA looks far less intelligent than previously thought.

        Too much willy waving, and not enough actual doing anything.

        • Depends… …seeing Max break his word so soon, the breakaway would be pretty easy to re-start. This move has basically destroyed Max’s credibility in F1 because he’s established that he will not keep his word, and has done so quickly enough for FOTA to be able to have some control over the consequences.

  9. Michael Roberts said on 25th June 2009, 22:14

    At least Max will now go down in history for destorying F1. I’m sure the FOTA boys are getting sick and tired of this tiresome dribble and will breakaway….

  10. Russell said on 25th June 2009, 22:20

    The man is insane. Just when we thought F1 could move on and get back to the racing, Max refuses to let go. Sure Luca was perhaps a little excited when he described Max as a dictator, but is that any worse than Max calling FOTA team principals loonies? I can just see the bankers over at CVC on the phone right now to Bernie telling him to finish the job properly and to tell his mate to get — and keep — his head in once and forever. Enough is enough.

  11. Lol, oh dear, he just won’t give up, will he.

    • just me said on 26th June 2009, 2:09

      Of course, Max won’t give up so soon. As an addict to the sado/masoch scene, he just got a sweet public spanking by Bernie and Luca. Mmmmhhh that was soooo good. More pleaaasse ….

  12. saab said on 25th June 2009, 22:25

    But obviously, calling members of FOTA for ‘loonies’ is not insulting…

  13. Oliver said on 25th June 2009, 22:32

    And I was only just thinking a few moments ago that Keith must nominate a new enemy of F1 we’ll all take turns bashing, and Mosley shows he isn’t finished yet. :-)

    • S Hughes said on 25th June 2009, 22:35

      I had a feeling he wouldn’t bow out quietly. Ron Dennis must feel completely vindicated now.

  14. S Hughes said on 25th June 2009, 22:33

    He is a “certified mad man”. That we all know. Can’t he just be removed from office quickly and quietly for all our sakes? It is just embarrassing now. Whoe said he was “the cleverest man in F1″? Just because someone said it doesn’t make it true. He is a liability and has been for some time.

  15. Hammad said on 25th June 2009, 22:33

    I knew he couldn’t be trusted! Ergh, FOTA really have made a deal with the devil.

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