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Mosley Angry Over ‘Dictator’ Accusations

June 25, 2009

It has emerged that Max Mosley is re-thinking his position as president of the FIA after FOTA’s claims that he is a “dictator”, and that they have made “deliberate attempts” to mislead the media.

Mosley said only 24 hours ago that he would not be standing for re-election in October as part of an agreement with FOTA over the 2010 budget row. Now, it seems, he is angry over FOTA’s misleading statements to the press.

Mosley issued a letter to FOTA saying that if they did not correct the false statements made against him, with an apology, he would consider his options open, meaning he may well stand for re-election in October after all.

In a letter to FOTA president Luca di Montezemolo, he said: “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.”

He added: “If you wish the agreement we made to have any chance of survival, you and FOTA must immediately retify your actions. You must correct the false statements which have been made and make no further such statements.”

He concluded: “Given your and FOTA’s deliberate attempt to mislead the media, I now consider 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.”

The letter throws the future of the sport in the balance once again.

It is believed the letter was sent prior to FOTA’s press conference in Bologna today, with Mosley hoping a correction and apology would be given then, however, it was not. For now, we shall have to wait and see what happens next.

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One comment

  1. Don’t you think the media are stirring this up a bit much? The way Max assumes that if he decides he’s staying he’ll get in is breathtakingly arrogant – I expect that after recent events, however much the FIA might love him, they wouldn’t take the risk of letting him stay.

    Max is completely havering and there’s nothing in anything that FOTA has said that justifies his outburst. Having said that, the off the record comment of a team principal that he’d only believe Max was gone when he saw the stake through his heart was very funny but probably not helpful.

    I don’t think FOTA are that bothered about his ramblings – although I think it highlights that F1 would be better off if he just went now. Otherwise he’s just going to be a pain in the backside, issuing these demented ramblings for the next 4 months.



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