FIA needs a neutral President for credibility in Formula 1 sign now

The president of Formula 1's governing body, Max Mosley, was asked in an interview with the official F1 site whether Ferrari was more important for the sport than other teams.

Yes, he replied.

The rest of the text of the interview is reprinted below and leaves no doubt that Max Mosley is no longer in a position to be a 'neutral' member of the FIA. With a simple 'Yes' he has confirmed that he does not view all F1 teams equally or treat them as such.

If the FIA does not take decisive action against him after this interview, in which he confirms bias and a personal relationship, then by it's non-action it is also confirming it's own lack of neutrality in the sport. This is entirely unacceptable in the governing body of any international sport.

We the fans demand Max Mosley be replaced and the already damaged credibility of Formula 1's governing body, be restored immediately.


Below is the complete interview:

Yes, Max Mosley replied. Firstly, because it holds a historically important position, as the team has been involved in Formula 1 since 1950. The second point has something to do with existential orientation; imagine there were only one British team and all other teams were Italian, that the commercial rights-holder was Italian, as was the FIA President, the race director and his assistant and the sport's commissioner. Wouldn't it be understandable that this team would be very careful?

Although there have long been many who consider there to be one rule in F1 for Ferrari and another for everyone else, Mosley insisted all decision were made from an entirely neutral standpoint, and underlined the importance of protecting' Ferrari's vulnerability.

I use my neutrality with a huge amount of responsibility and stay in close contact with Ferrari to assure them that no British mafia' or cartel tries to take advantage of them, he stressed. But should we find it necessary to impose our technical or sporting regulations, then Ferrari is treated like any other team. Should we find irregularities on a Ferrari like the moveable floor after the Australian Grand Prix it is removed and banned.

Mosley also acknowledged the fact he has a very different relationship with McLaren boss Ron Dennis to the one he shares with Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo.

[Ron and I] phone once in a while, he said. Personally I have no problems with Ron, but otherwise there are differing positions. With di Montezemolo it is different. He is chairman of Fiat and president of Italian business lobby Confindustria.

I have known Luca longer and therefore better than Ron. Indeed I've known Ron since 1970, but I became really acquainted with him at the end of the eighties, whereas I have known Luca very well since the beginning of the seventies. My relationship with him is very personal.



We the fans have the right to demand our sports governing body,the FIA, seeks a replacement President and treats all Formula 1 teams with equality.



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