Max Mosley confirms he will not run again

Max Mosley

Max Mosley

Max Mosley, the FIA president, sent a letter to all the FIA member clubs confirming he will not run for re-election in October. This is the part of the letter that should satisfy also FOTA:

“I began some months ago to rearrange my family life with effect from next October. I also informed senior FIA staff that I would not be a candidate. To continue now would greatly complicate my domestic arrangement and be inconsistent with my obligations to my family, particularly after our recent loss. Also, I have felt for some time that I would like to work less. After all, I will be 70 next year.

Therefore, with these new arrangements in place, extremely grateful though I am for all the letters, emails and messages I have received, I have decided to reconfirm my decision. I will not be a candidate in October.”

Mosley also for the first time made public whom he would like to see to take his place. No surprises here, it is Jean Todt.

“I believe the right person to head that team would be Jean Todt. Jean is unquestionably the outstanding motorsport manager of his generation and arguably of any generation.

If he agrees to stand, I think he would be the ideal person to continue but also to extend the work of the past 16 years. He can be relied on in all areas where the FIA is active. I very much hope you will give him your support.”

Not long ago John Howett said this on behalf of FOTA:

“We would like to see someone who actually is independent. Perhaps independent from any of us currently or historically.”

There are many people who could fit that description but the former Ferrari team boss is not one of them. At the end of the day however it is up to the FIA member clubs to decide, FOTA has no say at all in the FIA president selection process.

Well it looks like we may end up with Ari Vatanen running against his former rally team boss Jean Todt. That contest probably will not be decided by toss of a coin :-) .

(In case you do not know the Vatanen, Ickx, Todt coin story, read here).



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  1. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    I do not believe entirely in a FIA president attached to the F1 again. May has been many years in his place, has done substantial changes which provided a good future to the F1, in my opinion some were simply needed and were the key for the next years, but many were controversial, the “political polite” style of the FIA, not based in equality and running in favor of “somebody”, is worldwide known, and even more lately. Myself felt troubled, because agree and disagree at the same time with several situations given since I remember and have consciousness about what is FIA, what they do and what they mean. But it’s already time to have fresh air, as I said, and Howett wants it too, independent and impartial, but someone who knows deep what are motorsports and does not just center into the business of them. Ari Vatanen is my candidate, despite I think the FIA is not a perfect organization, themeselves need a big tune up first for keep managing automobile related themes, they’re not in contact with the customers. May the winds of change come right in this october? Hopefully.

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      I think I will leave my evaluation of Mosley’s achievements and failures until he is actually out of the office. But the biggest irony of his era is that it was under his watch when F1 spending spiralled out of control yet he wants to leave as the man who cut the budgets … So when the teams are talking about bringing the spending down to early 90s level, they are talking about pre-Mosley era …

  2. TimmieNo Gravatar says:

    All i can say is that Vatanen is the only option. He has no ties to F1 or any other sporting category that the FIA governs.
    On that point, saying that being the head if FIA isn’t just about F1, i understand that but – F1 is the key to FIA control, they are the pinnacle and hence the focus of main attention, without F1, other categories will follow suit.
    Todt, though clearly not in the favour of Ferrari in recent years, is historically involved in the sport and along with new tensions against Ferrari, isn’t exactly a friend to anyone else on the grid. Vatanen, i believe will be hard but fair about regulations and about bringing a balance to the FIA.
    Mosley rules with an iron fist, but Vatanen, (so far) sounds as though he will still govern but will listen much more to what individual racing organisations and teams want and work with them instead of against them as Mosley always does.
    Vote for Vatanen!!!!

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      He has no ties to F1 or any other sporting category that the FIA governs.

      well he has some ties to rally :-) it will not be easy for Vatanen though. Mosley may be on his way out (hopefuly) but he still has lots of power to pull the strings. it may not be easy to beat a candidate with Mosley’s backing.

      let’s hope that there will be big difference between being able to get the vote of confidence following the Mosleygate and getting his candidate elected when the clubs actually have an alternative option

  3. Nic B 205No Gravatar says:

    didn’t Vatanen actually drive for Todt as manager of the Peugeot Talbot Sport in the awesome 205 T16 in the 84 – 85 WRC, and later in the rally raids (Dakar etc)?
    Way to get one over your old boss. Didn’t realise there was that much animosity there.

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