• Jan 14th 2009 at 1:59PM
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Former Formula One World Champion Jackie Stewart believes that no one in the sport's paddock will dare to speak out against Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone, so he's tasked himself with the honor. Suggesting that F1 is essentially run by a cabal consisting of two men, Stewart says that Max and Bernie are too close and have too much power. This has kept the people inside the sport from speaking out about it and the situation has made the current revenue sharing plan "untenable" - all of which figures to leave an enormous vacuum whenever Bernie exits the series.
Of course, nothing Stewart says is likely to change anything. The last time Stewart said something about Mosley, Mosley called him "a certified halfwit who dresses funny." And Ecclestone has said numerous times that the day he quits F1 is the day they are putting him in the grave. Only Ecclestone's partners, CVC, could try to force him out, but since he made F1 what it what it is today, that isn't likely to happen until... they put Ecclestone in his grave.

[Source: AFP via Google]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Right on Sir Jackie!
      • 6 Years Ago
      well... looks like i'm going to have to kill Bernie Ecclestone.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Jackie Stewart is spot on. Unfortunately it won't happen.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mosley, you putz, have more respect for Sir Jakie. He is right. Of course, I'm biased. The Flying Scot was my hero in 1969, 1971 and 1973 ... and he still is.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mosley called Stewart "a certified halfwit who dresses funny." What does that make Mosley? A bonded, certifiable, infamous tenth-of-a-wit whose mother dresses him in funny looking female children's clothing? I'll believe just about anything Jackie Stewart says over Mosley or Ecclestone, after all, you don't see these two F1 chuckleheads teaching James May how to lower lap times by 20 seconds a lap.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Notice how he has to resort to petty insults? Thats the type of man I want in charge of a massive corporation!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm with Sir Jackie especially when it comes to Mosley.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The problem with F1 isn't just Ecc and Mosley...it's the British. They need to leave motorsports once and for all because they run everything they touch like their fking empire.

      It's in their blood...their genes.
        • 6 Years Ago

        Yeah true.

        I'm bothered by the fact that the Brits have their hands on too much F1 IMO. Their politics suck. I give you FIA is in France but it's Brits that run the show for sure.

        I can't stand their involvement in it frankly.
        • 6 Years Ago

        Get a clue.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Noz... I'm usually with you but you know the FIA is based in France? The guy before Mosley was also French (Jean Marie Balleste) (sp?)

        Most F1 technology is British based...
        • 6 Years Ago
        What? Are you on crack? GTFO.......
      • 6 Years Ago
      Another Sir Jackie interview, another chance for him to blast Max and Bernie.

      As Jonathan points out in the article, nobody is going to take Sir Jackie seriously, as his pissing match with Max and Bernie has turned into nothing more than personal attacks. He keeps bringing up Max's sex scandal, but since he was cleared and it didn't seem to affect his work, Sir Jackie is just beating a dead horse now. Nobody else seems to feel a need to bring it up anymore.

      It would help if he would actually take some real action rather that just continue to speak out in interviews. He's just making personal attacks and not listing specific areas where Max and Bernie have failed or need to improve. More importantly, he's not stepping up with a list of things to show he has the business prowess to run the organization better than Max does. I can't recall any of his interviews where he's said "Yes, I am going to run for FIA President."

      It's just talk, he's kind of making a fool of himself, and that might tarnish his legacy - I'd prefer to remember Sir Jackie as a 27 time Formula One Grand Prix winner/3 time World Driving Champion - not the old codger in the funny pants and hat who hates Max Mosley.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What action do you expect him to take? He has stated that F1 insiders (besides Ferrari) fear to speak out. He is a former WDC & has a voice that will be heard & become part of the "public" opposition.

        Jackie is saying what a majority of fans have been saying for years... obviously no one listens to us either!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        "He's just making personal attacks and not listing specific areas where Max and Bernie have failed ..."

        Here's where they failed, in what they DIDN'T do, which would be:

        a) You can't make a car going faster than 300 km/h
        b) You can't spend more than $100 milion a year
        c) Your car must pass crash test

        Besides from that, you can run a car with diesel engine, electric, solar panels, 3 tons of weight, 300 kg of weight, put active suspension, add as many wings as you please ... and so on.

        It always helps to have very clear rules of what you CAN'T do (and less of them there are, the better) than to have 3247 rules of what you MUST do. Because, if you do that (set 3247 rules) you are implying that you are smarter than the sum total of all F1 engineers, team owners and mechanics. Speaking of God complex ...

        PS: 3247 is first number that came to my mind, not exact number of rules - but it wouldn't surprise me if there weren't nore than that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Jackie needs to be harsh with Bernie Max in a way he hasn't before, by getting the teams to speak out. Honestly, we're talking about a F1 world champion, personality liked by all F1 fans and drivers and last, but not least, a real "knight" of the British Empire. Sir Jackie would be an idea candidate for the next head of F1, for all intensive purposes. He has an intimate understanding of the sport from all areas, he's passionate about the sport and could only do better than Bernie.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's time for Stewart to stop talking, nobody listens anyway.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll throw in my 50 bucks for an assassin
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Eccleston/Mosely duo are two old farts who should get the bum's rush yesterday ! They are more politicised than a Democratic convention and "democracy" is not in their vocabulary. These little Hitlers decide where and when Formula One will race, and they can't even drive ! They've taken some prominent venues off THEIR calendar causing ardent & loyal fans in different countries unnecessary anger.
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