Guest Author - Christine Blachford
Since the scandal that has rocked Max Mosleyís reputation within the Formula 1 paddock, weíve seen very little of the man himself. Up until now heís been sending his deputy to race weekends, and generally the FIA has been keeping a low profile at the various circuits.
Behind the scenes, Mosley is working as hard as ever. Heís in talks with the teams regarding the new Concorde Agreement, if there will ever be one, and the regulations for future seasons. However, we havenít seen much of him in the public eye.
At the last race in Valencia, there was no representative from the FIA present. I thought that was odd, considering itís a brand new circuit, and one that was highly lauded and anticipated months in advance.
The question is, what do the FIA get from being at a race anyway. Obviously, their presence increases the organisationís visibility and generates the opinion that they are in touch with the sport. They also get to meet with teams, get a first hand view of the action, and any problems that occur.
However, there is talk that the fact that the FIA werenít at the track meant it went smoothly with no talk of politics and a real focus on the racing rather than any current issues. Itís almost as though everyone could relax slightly without the boss being around, and therefore things ran a lot better than if the boss was there, breathing down their necks. Of course, the FIA is there to try and make Formula 1 better, but it doesnít always work like that.
F1 isnít the FIAís only motorsport priority, and itís only fair that they should give their other series as much attention. However, it is the most high-profile sport, the one that gets into the news bulletins and features in the newspapers. Itís no coincidence that when many jokes began regarding the Max Mosley scandal, they all recognise him as the ďboss of Formula 1Ē. This probably isnít the way he wants to be seen. The FIA is much more than just F1ís governing body.
It seems as though visiting the important races is a good thing for the FIA. Turning up at the season opener in Australia presents a good image, and allows the organisation to get closer to the action. Then throughout the rest of the season, teams, drivers and other officials can just get on with the racing and forget about the politics.