Vote Todt, get Mosley?

Would Max Mosley be Jean Todt's choice for F1 Commissioner?

Would Max Mosley be Jean Todt's choice for F1 Commissioner?

Reading Jean Todt’s FIA election manifesto, one line jumped out at me:

For each FIA World Championship we propose appointing a Commissioner responsible for the Federation?s day to day management and governance of the championship.

Now, who do you think Todt might have in mind for the job of F1 Commissioner?

One name springs to mind given what Todt has already told us his plans are for the FIA:

It is my intention to continue and expand the outstanding work of President Mosley, who for 16 years has worked tirelessly to strengthen the FIA??s major motor sport championships and to position the FIA as the voice of the motoring public, actively promoting safe, clean and affordable mobility for all.

Mosley used the letter to the FIA confirming he would not stand for president again to endorse Todt as his preferred choice of successor – a move that angered Todt’s election rival Ari Vatanen.

In addition to the promise to set up commissioners for the different FIA world championships there is a proposal to set up a Stewards Review Group to look into the many examples of inconsistent, unjust and arbitrary justice (my language, not theirs) meted out in F1 and other championships.

Both these ideas may be fine in principle, but what matters is the people in charge. FOTA stuck to their guns to get rid of Mosley, and they (and most of the fans) will not be impressed to see him return by the back door.

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61 comments on Vote Todt, get Mosley?

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  1. :|

  2. 5150 said on 5th August 2009, 19:37

    This would be really perverted :)

  3. LC Coelho said on 5th August 2009, 19:40

    and the same thing will continue… :(

    at least I’m happy that we’ll have Montreal again in the circus!

  4. DomPrez said on 5th August 2009, 19:44

    if thats the case, leave mosley as the president and have him apoint todt as the F1 commisioner. the vote taking place is based on the assumption that the FIA head will be calling the shots. basically, most people who want todt, want him as the final say in F1.
    Stewards board is a good thing, and correctional court also good….so long as mosley is not in chard of either. and to be honest, its nothing against him…but FOTA have signed concord agreements based on mosleys departure as a major factor.

    • Maksutov said on 6th August 2009, 16:13

      if thats the case, leave mosley as the president and have him apoint todt as the F1 commisioner.

      lol true

  5. sean said on 5th August 2009, 19:46

    Does this mean the only person we can call to get rid of him is van helsing.

    • Hallard said on 5th August 2009, 20:45

      Nice! :)

    • dsob said on 6th August 2009, 2:39

      Van Helsing, indeed. And perhaps we could call upon John Constantine to assist.

      • Arun Srinivasan said on 6th August 2009, 6:17

        John constantine should assist in cleansing of F1 from many other devils!! :-)
        Anyway, coming to the matter, I don’t think Todt would appoint Max, ‘cos he knows it would bring serious uproar against him from FOTA and fans alike, and all that’s wanted of the new president is change. I don’t think Todt would be so stupid to do that. (cunningness is diff from stupidity, he may be cunning in getting his agenda thro or things done, but getting max in his team is stupidity)

    • Adrian said on 6th August 2009, 8:46

      You mean Vatanen…!!

  6. Don’t even think it! Ugh please no. Please please. I still really do sort of wish – despite the inevitable period of chaos – that FOTA had stuck to their guns for longer, and set up the breakaway. The sport needs to get away from the politics, but Mosley (IMHO) genuinely thrives on conflict and controversy. He likes causing trouble, and believes that it is the way to operate effectively. His personal life and professional life show a lot of common themes, and while I don’t care what he does in private, I do care that the way he operates has greatly reduced my personal enjoyment of what has, on track, been a very interesting championship so far.

    Mosley go home. Go, go, go. Get your jollies by causing people pain in private.

  7. I don’t get something. How this “Commissioner” is different from current position of Alan Donnelly?

    • The Commissioner will have power over the whole day-to-day running of F1, not just the steward’s office. Presumably the Disciplinary Board will go some way to making Alan Donnelly’s current position obsolete.

      • marc said on 5th August 2009, 21:46

        OK, if Donnelley’s position is obsolete, but Mosley is the commisioner then the puppet master has taken the stage in place of the puppet. I don’t see any net gain in that scenario.

        • Patrickl said on 5th August 2009, 22:58

          The Commissioner will simply be doing what Mosley had been doing related to F1. All the other functions go to Todt. They would essentially split the function of FIA president.

  8. Rob R. said on 5th August 2009, 20:08

    The only office Mosley belongs ANYWHERE near, is the little box office at Boots where old codgers like him queue up to get their pills.

    • D Winn said on 5th August 2009, 22:34

      To stereotype elderly people as being Mosley-like is insulting and adds nothing intelligent to this discussion.

  9. Scootin159 said on 5th August 2009, 20:11

    The FIA needs change – the best way to change is to… change. Thus if Mosley is recommending Todt, that is all the reason I need to NOT want him in office.

  10. Spud said on 5th August 2009, 20:24

    Ari Vatinen all the way please! :-|

    • Wesley said on 5th August 2009, 22:49

      Vatanen already sealed his fate accusing Todt with using FIA funded travel for personal use.Too bad really…I was pulling for him,I can’t believe he stooped to mudslinging.

      • hardly mudslinging.

      • Maksutov said on 6th August 2009, 16:28

        Not only that, Vatanen naively sided with FOTA through his speech on several occasions which, albeit is good, was not seen as support and security to the FIA by its members.

        Vatanen should have simply withdrawn his bid for the presidency immediately after Mosley announced Todt. Why? This would have been seen as a clear message, that the presidential selections for the FIA are fraud and that there is no point in running for the position of president to which the person has already been more or less selected.

        As is now, Vatanen will remain nothing but a puppet. FIA will use him and give him a few votes, to make it look like he had a fight, while on the end Todt will secure the win.

  11. Hallard said on 5th August 2009, 20:48

    It seems flawed to me that the fans of the sport and the teams have absolutely no say in how the sport is governed. I wish the breakaway were happening, so we could stop the FIA and FOM from continuously sodomizing the sport we all love.

  12. Brian said on 5th August 2009, 20:52

    I wish that Formula 1 could somehow seperate itself from the FIA.
    I don’t mind the idea of a commissioner, but not if it involves having Max around. I would want it to be someone who has not yet been corrupted by Max, or you know, spanked by him.

  13. I was gonna hope that Todt would get the presidency, but if this is true and he wants to appoint Mosley for commisioner, then hell no, Ari Vatinen for presidency please!

  14. Casino Square said on 5th August 2009, 21:11

    Why can’t Max Mosley do us all a favour and go and live on the moon?

  15. Martin said on 5th August 2009, 21:15

    Who doew that little ******* troll think he’s fooling.
    But I bet he already has the votes from all these 3rd world places that dont even race to get him in. Here we go again, F1 will be in the toilet.

    • Maksutov said on 6th August 2009, 16:32

      But I bet he already has the votes from all these 3rd world places that dont even race to get him in.

      that I must say is correct observation

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