Posted on February 24, 2010

Today I met up with retired FIA president Max Mosley at a restaurant in South Kensington, London. Some of the F1 writers from the British national newspapers were also there, there were six of us in total. A month short of his 70th birthday, he looked extremely fit and relaxed, not having a full work schedule any more. He ate sparingly, a salmon tartare, one glass of Sancerre and an espresso. He said that he was planning to move back to London in April, as his need to be in Monaco was solely linked to his FIA work. I asked More…

Posted on January 7, 2010

Former FIA president Max Mosley has spoken out today about the civil court verdict in the Briatore case this week, which ordered the FIA to overturn the lifetime ban on the Italian. He said that the matter was ‘not over’. Meanwhile the FIA has reiterated that Briatore is still subject to the sanction banning him from managing drivers, which puts Red Bull’s Mark Webber in a tricky position. Speaking to the Times newspaper today, Mosley said, “The idea that in the end, when all the dust has settled, Briatore will get off is fiction — it won’t happen.” In the More…

Posted on July 29, 2009

The FIA has issued a statement reacting to the BMW withdrawal from F1. As you can imagine they feel more than a little vindicated by this, as they have been warning for some time that the sport had become ‘unsustainable’ due to high costs and needed to be protected from manufacturers who come and go when it suits them. Ironically the costs are now set to come down dramatically, so arguably they are not the main driver behind this withdrawal. FIA president Max Mosley had quite a good relationship with some members of the BMW board and always said that More…

Posted on June 25, 2009

Looks like FOTA may have got the tone wrong with their triumphalism over the deal agreed on Wednesday to avert a breakaway in Formula 1. Max Mosley has reacted angrily to the tone of messages coming out of FOTA and about what he sees as misleading briefings to the media. Having cast his eye through the morning’s papers, some of which we reviewed here on JA on F1, he sent off an angry letter to FOTA prior to their meeting in Bologna, “Given your and FOTA’s deliberate attempt to mislead the media, I now consider my options open. At least More…

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