Ferrari U-turn on Mosley future- 6 Jun 2008 06:30:00
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has retracted his calls for Max Mosley to quit and confirmed his support for the scandal-hit FIA president.
Despite Mosley winning a vote of confidence from the FIA Council earlier this week following the newspaper allegations claiming he was involved in a Nazi-style orgy with prostitutes, the Ferrari F1 team boss had been quoted as calling for the president to step down.
However, di Montezemolo has now stated: ‘I am happy Max Mosley has been confirmed as president of the FIA. Through the years he has done an excellent job for Formula One. With regards his future, it will only be up to him to decide if and when to take a step back.’
In initially calling for Mosley to resign, Di Montezemolo had become the first F1 team figure to come out against Mosley since the vote when he said: ‘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 but a number are now calling for a line to be drawn under the issue following the FIA Council vote.
Mosley has stated his intention to remain in office until his current term expires at the end of 2009 and will not seek a further term.
Mosley won 103 of 169 votes in a process he himself called after the News of the World reports. He has launched a legal action against the newspaper alleging defamation and invasion of privacy and is refuting the Nazi connotations of the story.