Ferrari chief calls for Mosley to quit- 5 Jun 2008 09:03:00
The furore over Max Mosley’s retention of his presidency of the FIA refuses to die down with the president of the Ferrari F1 team calling for his resignation.
Despite Mosley’s victory in a vote of confidence of the FIA Council following newspaper allegations he was involved in a Nazi-style orgy with prostitutes, Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has continued to push for the president’s resignation.
Di Montezemolo, who becomes the first senior F1 figure to pressure Mosley following the FIA decision, stated: ‘He should realise that sometimes it is necessary to say to yourself I have to leave for reasons of credibility.’
Several major motoring organisations have either threatened to withdraw from the FIA or have already suspended relations.
In the wake of the vote, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone expressed fears that Mosley may no longer be able to function in his role.
Ecclestone, a close associate of Mosley for nearly 40 years, added: ‘I hope that it will not destabilise sponsors and the constructors.’
Mosley won 103 of 169 votes in the FIA Council meeting and has launched a legal action against the newspaper alleging defamation and invasion of privacy.