The Mosley Affair - Do You Care?
June 02, 2008

MaxmosleyFrom Greg Milam, Europe Correspondent

As an organisation, the FIA has extraordinary reach and influence.

But it runs the risk of becoming an international joke over the way it has handled the Max Mosley saga.

Most people in the motoring business believe there had to be some other way for the FIA to solve the crisis brought about by lurid revelations of its president’s ‘eccentric’ private life.

The road to the Extraordinary General Assembly in Paris laid bare some uncomfortable truths about the organization.

For example, some of the members who were most vocal in calling for Mosley to go were barred from voting because they hadn’t paid their membership fees. Another didn’t get its voting form back in time.

But does it really matter anyway?

Mosley himself says that, however embarrassing the News Of The World story, it doesn’t cross the mind of someone calling for roadside assistance.

True enough, but the sponsors of Formula One clearly have a different view about how they’ll sell their involvement with Mosley’ sport in these family-friendly times.

“The FIA is in a critical situation. Its image, reputation and credibility are being severely eroded,” say some of the clubs who want Mosley to go. “Every additional that this situation persists, the damage increases. There is no way back.”

Old enemies, says Mosley, trying to settle scores. That sentiment alone gives you a glimpse inside a body that is as much a political one as regulatory and there’s no sign that’s going to change any time soon.

Mosley denies the Nazi connotation the News Of The World alleged over his evening with five prostitutes. He is suing for invasion of his privacy.

He and the FIA are proud of the safety improvements to road and racing cars. So, when it comes down to it, it leaves a simple question: whether you are Lewis Hamilton or the average motorist do you really care?

Written by Sky News, June 02, 2008


What has the one got to do with the other? I'm sure the man is allowed some privacy. If it did not interfere with his job, then it is his perogative to do as he pleases with whom he pleases.

What many of the posters on this blog fail to realise is that the FIA (of which MM is the President) is not only the World Governing Body on Motorsport, it is also responsible for representing the views and interests of motorists and road users around the world. Its President is therefore responsible for putting YOUR views as motorists to both world leaders and to the major car companies.
Yesterday's decision is therefore regrettable as most World Leaders are too embarrassed to be seen with Max Mosley and his actions have been condemned by Mercedes, BMW, VW, Porsche, Toyota and Honda - a group of companies which account for a considerable number of the cars on our roads. Germany has suspended its membership of the FIA and the USA, Netherlands, and South Africa are considering following suit.

This man has most probably been living like this long before he was elected in to that position. Has it affected the way he does his job? Most probably not. So I say, whatever the man does in private is his business, just as long as he does his job well.

5 prostitutes, i heard it was 6! does it matter - its his private life - why does the media always take the moral high ground?

Not a F1g, formula 1 is now just a selected bunch of very rich tax-exiles driving flash cars.
It was exciting in the days of Senna, Proust, Mansell and a few others. Nowadays it bores me more than golf and that's saying a lot.


Do I care, hell no. In fact, i wish i was him that night! As long as he can do his job, who cares what he does. It's his private life, so unless it's illegal then it doesn't matter.


Mmm. Bovvered.

[No Regrets-Robbie WIlliams] because when I watch sport, I watch if for the sheer entertainment and skillset not often found in football, cricket or even squash as every stone when turned brings about a few worms here or there.

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