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

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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. Prisoner Monkeys
    26th June 2009, 1:33

    Mosley’s taking an awful risk, here.

    His stepping down was a condition of the peace negotiations. No Mosley, no breakaway. He cannot expect the FIA to re-elect him after a) previously agreeing to step down in Ocotber, which leads to b) jeopardising everything the FIA and FOTA have worked for.

  2. Rick DeNatale
    26th June 2009, 1:37

    What a day.

    First I get the news that F1 has been saved.

    Then I get the news that Farrah Fawcett has died.

    Then I get the news that Michael Jackson has died.

    The I get the news that Max Mosley has arisen from the dead to once again try to kill F1!

  3. di Montezemolo was wrong and is untrustworthy in terms of the anti trust issues that threaten the sport’s and the independent teams viability. For many contributors here, if you want to play Max the man fine but many here too ignore the substance of the FIA vs FOTA issues every time. Ferrari have an exclusive position among the manufacturers that leverages the amount of money they can tip into F1 due to their brand positioning and the tifosi support, they will naturally be implaccably opposed to reduced spending or any equality in resources being brought to bear which in turn means that Ferrari want to be unchallengeable. Even Mercedes needs to temper their spending and consider their wider non sporting dependent brand just as they did way back in the 50’s when they pulled the silver cars out.

    In short if those Mosley haters here want the Schu years back just keep voting the way you are.

    1. In short if those Mosley haters here want the Schu years back just keep voting the way you are.

      All of this will become clear in time.;)

    2. “In short if those Mosley haters here want the Schu years back just keep voting the way you are.”

      If LDM and Max had any deal, that’s almost definitely gone now after his tantrum today. So why would I still want Max to stay?

    3. Ferrari has been in the sport forever, they have been in it thru good and bad seasons. I have seen ferraris be at the back of the grid and they still showed up for every race. They never made excuses and pulled the little temper tantrums the michelin teams did in Indy 2006. When it was Bad for ferrari they stuck it out.
      What a team spends to be competitive should be their business and no one elses.
      By the way Mercedes sales have skyrockets in the years since they came back into motorsports officially. Their cars look and perform better than ever. I never considered owning a Mercedes in the non racing years. Then I owned BMW’s.
      Luca may shouldnt have said what he did but Max abd Bernie have been rattling off insults since last year at some of the players. Some of these folks have thin skin you know.
      By the way, I am not a ferrari fan. I do respect them team though.

    4. Max’s proposals would have had everyone disqualified at the end of 2010. Better the Schumi years than the nobody-at-all years…

  4. Its just Max posturing. The irony is, for once, he doesnt want to look like the one getting spanked.

  5. I voted yesterday that the deal was bad for F1…and now I see I was right again. I think I was wrong 1 time before but that was a mistake also.
    Seriously, this guyis the epitome of a power monger. Somebody made a George Bush reference in here but this guy make Idi Amin look rational. If this doesnt make Fota say the heck with it and go it own their own, nothing will.
    If the teams were smart, which most have proved their not then they would shutdown the rest of the season ubtil Max is gone for good and Barred from ever having anything to do in Motorosports again.
    He just wont go away.
    As much as Ron Dennis dissapointed me, he was right about Max.

  6. This really should come as no surprise to anyone who has any experience with people with personality disorders.

    Sure, we all have our neuroses, but Max exhibits so many of the classic symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder coupled with Psychopathy. It’s really quite remarkable. Look it up and you’ll see a match to so many traits listed. We’re seeing the last throws of a man in serious psychological distress, his house of cards-his very constructed reality-crumbling around him. He is compelled to defend his belief in himself and his position, despite the growing proof that it does not match the reality of those around him. At the end of the day, I feel truly sorry for him. His childhood, his parents, the loss of his son, and now this.

    The best for all is that Mr. Mosley retreat in silence and seek treatment, and let F1 heal itself as well.

    1. I have shown before on this site, with examples that Mosley Is a SOCIOPATH, and he is not going to go away quietly.
      Has anyone heard of the urban myth about celebs dying in 3’s well if we’re lucky then Max will be today’s 3rd, and then F1 can get back to business.

      However that is just wishful thinking.

      We need to wait for a response from FOTA, and a sensible one which does not include an apology to Mosley.

      Yes we, mostly want a Breakaway, but i have serious doubts it was ever a reality.

      As long as max Mosley Has anything to do with FIA/F1 or motorsport in any way then we the fans will always lose.

      Let’s just wait and see what response is given and then move on from there.

      1. While all sociopaths are psychopaths, not all psychopaths are sociopaths. Many captains of industry and policemen, etc. are highly functioning psychopaths.

  7. Thanks…I missed the obituaries section.

    Even they are too good to go to the pearly gates with he who shall not be named.

    1. Who says “he who shall not be named” is going in the same direction as the others?

  8. With all the press coverage of the violence in Iran, due to a dictatorship not wanted nor loved by its people, one cannot deny the simularities with Max Mosley and the FIA inwhich he has led for nearly two decades.
    This is the same man ofcourse who declared that Ferrari were not that important to Formula One. The same man who described Sir Jackie Stewart as a ‘certified halfwit’. And the same man who takes great pleasure in certain
    deranged sexual practices in secluded London basements.
    And he wants an apology. Stroll on mate!

    1. can you say New World Order

  9. Sod off Max. Please. Please please please. Pretty please. With (ahem) whipped cream and a cherry on top.


  10. theRoswellite
    26th June 2009, 5:08

    …I know….I’m trapped in a Fellini/Hitchcock version of The Wizard of Odd….

    Only one day….what took him so long?

    I’d say he needs to come to his senses, but that’s pretty much unexplored territory, at least, as of late.

    The Two-Headed Monster may still be with us. and I’m laughing so hard I could just die (or is it…I’m dying so hard, I should just laugh).

  11. MacademiaNut
    26th June 2009, 5:12

    Max started his racing career all due to the wrong reasons.

    According to the Wikipedia page, “Mosley was attracted by the sport, and when his career as a barrister was bringing in sufficient money, he started racing cars himself.”

    So, he wanted to race just for money! After two years of racing, he went into management.

    The greatness of any man is defined by his ability to time his exit! Max, you are the opposite of that, my man. If you have any dignity left and you want people to forget you (at least not remember you for the wrong reasons), you should shut your mouth and quit.

    1. My understanding is that Mosley chanced upon motor racing after attending the British GP, developed a taste for it and went racing himself as soon as he had enough cash to pay for it. I gather a big part of the attraction was that this surname wasn’t a big issue.

      There may have been drivers who were paid to race in F2 in the late 1960s for the money (the established F1 stars of the day, certainly) but I doubt Mosley was one of them. I seem to recall that Mosley’s last F2 race was the event in which Jim Clark was killed, an event which caused more than a few drivers to reassess their prospects.

      As for going into management, Mosley founded March – which was hardly a big moneyspinner. Just ask Chris Amon.

  12. Of course Max, you’re not at all a dictator… and Robert Mugabe isn’t either since he was so rightfully and honestly elected too

  13. Max needs a firm but polite “get lost” from the fans, “get bent” is probably a little too.. harsh.

  14. ciao Max.Go now before the men in white coats are called.

  15. Seems to me it’g going to be a personal fight, between Mosley and Montezemolo…I never read before a letter so explicit and threadful, and I suspect the two are not friends since ’70 years, when they where manager of Ferrari and McLaren.

    To be honest I’m really surprised of … everything, and couldn’t say how it will finish.

    1. Are you seriously suggesting that Mosley was a manager at McLaren? After everything he did to destroy them, where would you get that fantasy from?

      1. Mosley was never a manager at McLaren. But he and di Montezemolo would have presumably come into contact in the mid-1970s when Max was running March in F1.

  16. Why can’t this guy just go away. Sore looooser!

    1. noy sor loooser just plain loooooser

      1. sorry to early in morning finger not working.

        not sore looooser just plain loooser

  17. Have any posters actually contemplated for a split second that Mr M.R. Mosley may be right? What if Montezemolo and FOTA have indeed attempted “to mislead the media”?

    What is Mosley actually saying?

    We made a deal yesterday in Paris to end the recent difficulties in Formula 1. A fundamental part of this was that we would both present a positive and truthful account to the media.

    If Montezemolo and/or other members of FOTA have subsequently “been briefing the press that Mr Boeri has taken charge of Formula 1” and “suggested to the media that I [Mosley] was a ‘dictator'”, they are in breach of this deal, even if it’s only an oral agreement.

    FOTA may not have deliberately made false statements, but to quote James Allen on his blog: “In Italy in particular, Montezemolo is being painted as St George, who slayed the dragon.”

    I’m not trying to defend Mosley in any way, here, but I’m merely suggesting that we hear FOTA’s reply to Mosley’s claims before we condemn anybody… even Mr M.R. Mosley.

    1. If Montezemolo and/or other members of FOTA have subsequently “been briefing the press that Mr Boeri has taken charge of Formula 1″ and “suggested to the media that I [Mosley] was a ‘dictator’”, they are in breach of this deal, even if it’s only an oral agreement.

      Have FOTA said Boeri’s in charge? I’d seen it reported in a couple of places, but not in any direct quotes.

      1. Remember, briefing can be off the record and/or unattributable to the source. For example, “A senior member of FOTA hinted that Mosley will no longer be involved in the day to day running of F1” etc.

        Alternatively, all it needs is for someone even loosely connected to FOTA to gloat in the presence of a journalist…

        1. I’ve seen similar reports, but indeed no exact quotes. However, Tim has a point.

          1. I think Max just needs to take press reports with a pinch of salt you would of thought he would have lernt to do that by now.

    2. If a truthful account to the media was part of the deal, Max should have said so in the FIA statement yesterday instead of saying he’d leave unconditionally. He clearly hasn’t been truthful with us over that, he contradicted himself in places in the statement and there’s no evidence yet that FOTA did the things Max accuses them of doing (if anything, the FIA had more to do with it with statements not matching their intentions).

  18. Well i had a feeling this was coming.

    when deals like this are struck, what people say later is usually calculated and agreed upon.

    for Mosley to have a no winner no looser stance, and then Monti contradicting by saying FOTA won, you could bet that Mosley is not going to be happy. and here he goes threatening to run for office. and i bet if he does, regardless if F1 dies or not, he will be elected, because the people that do vote, and do matter he already has in his pocket.

    With all the respect i have for Fota, i think they should be a little bit more diplomatic at least until October, then they can pop the bubbly…

  19. Although Max is blatantly throwing the toys out of the pram here, you have to admit that FOTA could have been more diplomatic, what did they have to lose. I’ve never seen so much political spin from both sides of this, and we’ll never truly know what happened in that WMSC meeting. In detail I mean, obviously we know the outcome.

    I have lost faith in Max (and his wee sidekick) and I have no trust in John Howett, Flav & Monty. F1 is the loser here in the short term, lets hope the sport grows stronger in the long term. I’ve been watching from the early 80’s and I am wondering what I see in the sport anymore, the on track action is cack and the off track politics is now very tiresome.

  20. Wicked Man!!

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