By now you have probably heard of the trouble surrounding Max Mosley, his private life and his tenancy as head of the FIA. Iíve avoided it until now, because I didnít want to speculate, and I also didnít want to get into trouble! However, there are hard and fast facts beginning to emerge, so I thought it was worth catching up on whatís been happening.
The story broke with the News of the World, a newspaper in the UK, issuing pictures and video allegedly of Max Mosley. I wonít go into details, but it looked like he was with several ladies and re-enacting certain elements of the Second World War for pleasure.
Mosley kept silent on the matter for several days, whilst the speculation began to circulate through many websites, both professional and amateur bloggers reporting the story and their opinions on it. It became obvious that if the alleged story was true, Maxís resignation was at the top of everyoneís wish list.
After consulting with his lawyers, Max started proceedings against the News of the World for invasion of privacy, and wrote an open letter, saying that he had the support of many governing bodies and his private life was his own, so he had no intention to resign.
This apparent acknowledgement that the story was true brought out the said governing bodies, and supporting him was not top of their agenda. As Iím writing this, it stands at four teams, three motoring bodies, many current drivers and plenty of former World Champions all saying that Mosley should resign for the good of the sport. Also, the Bahraini Crown Prince requested that Mosley shouldnít attend the weekendís racing.
The support Max thinks he has appears to be rapidly disappearing. So, at the moment, we appear to be waiting on his next move. There is an ever-growing body of voices asking for his resignation but so far, we have seen nothing of it.
Personally, I believe that a person has every right to do what they want in their personal lives, but as a man in his position, the President of the FIA, he needs to take responsibility for his actions. Again, personally, Iím disgusted by the stories and I really donít think I could take him seriously in the future Ė and Iím sure Iím not the only one. For that reason, surely itís time that he called it a day?