Breakaway Averted: Max Mosley Will Not Stand Again

Breakaway Averted: Max Mosley Will Not Stand Again

Following a series of meetings held ahead of today’s World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris, it has been announced that a compromise has been reached between the FOTA teams and the FIA. The deal will see FOTA’s proposals of cutting costs implemented, which appears to have the blessing of the new entrants as well. Also, Max Mosley has stated that he will not run for re-election when his fourth term as FIA president comes to an end later this year.

The apparent resolution of this crisis means that the planned breakaway series will no longer happen and the eight FOTA teams have been confirmed as entrants to the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship. Ferrari, McLaren, Brawn, Renault, Toyota, Red Bull Racing, Scuderia Toro Rosso and BMW will compete alongside Williams and Force India, as well as newcomers Campos, Manor and USF1.

There will be no alternative series or championship and the rules for 2010 onwards will be the 2009 regulations as well as further regulations agreed prior to 29 April 2009.

As part of this agreement, the teams will, within two years, reduce the costs of competing in the championship to the level of the early 1990s. The manufacturer teams have agreed to assist the new entries for 2010 by providing technical assistance.

The manufacturer teams have further agreed to the permanent and continuing role of the FIA as the sport’s governing body. They have also committed to the commercial arrangements for the FIA Formula One World Championship until 2012 and have agreed to renegotiate and extend this contract before the end of that period.

All teams will adhere to an upgraded version of the governance provisions of the 1998 Concorde Agreement. FIA Press Release.

The teams must also sign up to the new Concorde Agreement which will help ensure the sport’s future until 2012 with the current squads.

Earlier in the week Max Mosley had been adament about standing again later this year, saying that it doesn’t matter if he remained or left, as his successor would behave in a similar fashion as the role of the president is to ensure the matters of the FIA are looked after. However, the teams have made it known that they are unhappy about the way Mosley has governed Formula One, and it would seem that this, along with the acceptance of their cost-cutting proposals, has eased the tension and allowed the issues to be resolved.

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7 comments

  • Amazing how these things can seem to be unresolvable one night and then suddenly and completely resolved the next. It’ll be interesting to see if Max can wield any power in his remaining time now that he is a known lame duck. Also, I wonder if Max will leave FIA completely, or if he’ll try and stick around and pull strings from a back-office position. I don’t think the teams will be overly happy if Max becomes Putin and finds a Medvedev to be his front man.

    I just hope that F1 decides to bring back Montreal for 2010.

  • Also, I wonder if Max will leave FIA completely, or if he’ll try and stick around and pull strings from a back-office position.

    I do hope not. Mosley needs to leave the FIA and retire to Monaco.

    I just hope that F1 decides to bring back Montreal for 2010.

    It’s more of a FOM/Bernie Ecclestone thing, but I’m with you on that one, definitely.

  • Also, I wonder if Max will leave FIA completely, or if he’ll try and stick around and pull strings from a back-office position

    Once Max becomes an ex-President, he’s automatically allowed a place on the FIA Senate by virtue of his previous position. It’s not even a particularly back-office position, just that individuals other than the President rarely get credit for anything. Balestre served as an ex-Presidential member of the Senate for many years after he stopped being a President. However, Jean-Marie didn’t get to exert a huge amount of influence from that position because he was only the equal of other Senate members. A strong replacement President would make Max go into the same position.

    However, Max is unlikely to be able to do a Putin because he hasn’t chosen the timing of his leaving. Future Presidents, due to changes made to the Statutes, can only serve two terms, bringing it into line with Russia. As a result, I think there is a chance that whoever wins this election will be able to get a front-man elected and pull the strings.

  • I’ll beleive it when I see it. Hate to be cynical here, but how many times have we heard this in the past? Granted, things are a bit different now, but forgive me for not cracking open the champers just yet.

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