Ecclestone asks for Mosley resignation- 2 Jun 2008 08:30:00
F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has openly stated that scandal-hit Max Mosley should resign from this post as president of world motorsport governing body the FIA.
Ecclestone had initially stood by Mosley following newspaper claims that the latter had taken part in a Nazi-style orgy with prostitutes but has since distanced himself from the under pressure FIA president.
Commented Ecclestone: ‘He should go out of responsibility for the institution he represents. Everyone I speak to in a position of authority in F1 says he should go. It's regretful he's not made this decision.’
While Mosley has apologized for any embarrassment caused by the media reports, he denies the Nazi connotations of the article and has steadfastedly refused to step down.
He faces a vote of confidence of the FIA Council in Paris this week where his future will be decided.
But Ecclestone said he felt Mosley could no longer represent motorsport properly, and he would prefer it if Mosley jumped rather than was pushed out of office.
‘The general feeling is that people would no longer be comfortable speaking to him in the same way. have spoken to Max about this and advised him to retire at the end of the year at the FIA general assembly in November. I would be happy to sit at his side to help him to achieve that.
‘The last thing most people involved in the sport, including the clubs, would want to see is Max in a position where he could be forced to stand down. I don't want to see that. I've been a friend of Max for 40 years. I would hate to see him go this way after all he has done for the sport.
‘Since the story broke I have been under enormous pressure from the people who invest in Formula One, sponsors and manufacturers, over this issue. They point out that as a chief executive or chief operating officer of a major company they would have gone either immediately or within 24 hours, in the same circumstances. They cannot understand why Max has not done the same.’