• Jul 15, 2009
Could the end finally be at hand for the Max Mosley/Formula One soap opera? The embattled FIA president has apparently backed away from potential threats to seek a sixth term in office after all, instead deciding to endorse Jean Todt, team principal for Ferrari's F1 team. The announcement came as part of a letter sent Wednesday to all FIA member clubs.

The missive quotes Mosley as saying:
"Extremely grateful though I am for all the letters, e-mails and messages I have received, I have decided to reconfirm my decision. I will not be a candidate in October... 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."
Despite not seeking re-election after 16 years, Mosley will apparently still maintain a seat on the FIA Senate.

For his part, Todt, 63, has not yet indicated that he is interested in running for the position, but if he decides to do so, he will be campaigning against ex World Rally champion Ari Vatanen, 57, who reportedly announced his candidacy last week. Check out a copy of Mosely's letter to FIA members after the jump.

[Source: Telegraph UK | Image: Clive Mason/Getty]




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      • 5 Years Ago
      If Vatanen runs the FIA with even HALF the balls it took to drive up Pikes Peak the way he did in 'Climb Dance' then he'll sort the FIA out..
      • 5 Years Ago
      Take Bernie with you!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh spank me...
      • 5 Years Ago
      HOW ARE YOU GENTLEMEN !!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why are we all so sure? It's Mosley, after all.....

      Ari Vatanen for president!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ari Vatanen has confirmed he will run for president of the FIA. This was reported last week in the WRC website. Now lets see if Mosley respects what he has said (again).

      http://www.wrc.com/jsp/index.jsp?lnk=101&id=5498&desc=WRC%20legend%20Ari%20Vatanen%20confirms%20he'll%20stand%20for%20FIA%20President
        • 5 Years Ago
        I really hope that he will get the presidency.

        Todt while a nice guy, has probably been entrenched in the FIA system for too long now. And with Max's blessing that is not a good thing in my book...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I totally agree with you Fox. It must be taken care by someone out of the Mosley circle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't risk it, FOTA. Make the break.

      Besides, unless you happen to be Ferrari, putting the former head of Ferrari during a period when Ferrari could get F1 to do anything for them (including de facto changing the tire rules mid season) to let them win has to be a scary prospect.
        • 5 Years Ago
        With you 100% on this......
      • 5 Years Ago
      So the plan to end all the controversy and allegations of bias in the FIA is to replace Mosley with the boss of Ferrari's F1 team? I can't be the only one seeing the issue there
        • 5 Years Ago
        He was a viable candidate the whole time, him and the former rally driver I forget his name.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ferrari's former boss.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I say they make him play frogger on the track in traffic. If he makes it across, he keeps his seat on the FIA Senate--what a pompous name for a governing body that is!

      FOTA, please bury these jackasses and give us more and better racing!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll believe it when I see it........
      • 5 Years Ago
      OMFG there is a god!
      • 5 Years Ago
      curiously, jean todt was the peugeot rally team manager while ari vatanen was the peugeot 205 t16 driver in the seasons 1984/85
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