F1 » Mosley: High Court ruling sets dangerous precedent

Former FIA President Max Mosley has hit out at the 'seriously flawed' French High Court ruling that freed Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds to return to F1 - arguing that it sends out entirely the wrong message about the risks of cheating in the sport

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andrew mac - Unregistered

January 08, 2010 11:22 AM

Jeeze! He lost 'cos of his obsession with getting rid of Briatore. End of story!

I might be wrong but I don't think Briatore was cleared of anything, he is still guilty but he only had his punishment taken away.

Briatore is still labelled a cheat is he not?

Paul Buckland

January 08, 2010 11:25 AM

Firstly, can I ask what this has to do with Max anymore ? He is still acting, and Crash is still quoting him, as if he is still in charge. Is he ? An opinion for Jean Todt would be helpful right now, even if to say that Max is right and has some authority in this matter still. Secondly, he contends that the FIA can easily change the rules. That is as much of the problem as anything else. There is no stability in F1, and no confidence in a governing body that thinks it can just move the goalposts every time it doesn't like something that has not gone it's way.


January 08, 2010 11:42 AM

Agree with you Paul, Todt needs to step in now and show some leadership, most likely he is still getting advice on how to proceed but needs to take the reins.

Still believe they should press for a criminal case and let the cards land where they may and leave everyone including Piquet open to punishment.

If the FIA walk away from this they will lose what little integrity they have left.

Taz - Unregistered

January 08, 2010 11:59 AM

Max wears Todt like a glove puppet, Todt has to grow some balls and take the situation in hand or he will be painted as Mosley's puppet as many worry he is.

It's like thinking Dmitry Anatolyevich runs Russia and not Vladimir Putin :rolleyes:

pukka - Unregistered

January 08, 2010 12:13 PM

Hate Max all you want he is right, JT better step up to the plate and appeal. The court ruling has only made the F1 circus even more of a joke, it certainly hasn't re-established faith. That the court chose to ignore the evidence as opposed to the procedure is inane.

Bottom line a risky decision was made, it played out in Renault's favour, and the resulting penalties have been lifted against all parties concerned by the overall governing body. I'd love to know how the governing body is going to spin this and say this is in the best interest of the sport, the fans, driver safety and in ensuring this type of activity or perhaps something worse isn't done in the future.

Taz - Unregistered

January 08, 2010 12:21 PM

Problem is as this is the winter and there are no races Mosley will get as much press attention and publicity as he wants.

He's not doing Todt any favours.

A right pair of w4nkers :p


January 08, 2010 12:25 PM

I find it ironic that Mosley could claim that "it sends the wrong message about cheating in the sport"
I suppose he thinks the Nazi hooker scandal was not detrimental to the sport. He got away with that. The teams avoided him like the plague during that time. Why doesn't he slink off to some hole in the ground and let JT get on with running the show. I suspect JT is afraid to speak up in case it contradicts something Mosley will say.

DSRH - Unregistered

January 08, 2010 12:46 PM

Now we know why Ari Vatanen was not made president. Do we honestly believe that Maxy Baby (his hooker talking!)would be gobbing off like this if Ari was president. Old Totty was to stop ogling his missus and stamp his authority! (if MaxyBaby will let him)

Alan D - Unregistered

January 08, 2010 1:11 PM

The only precedent this sets is that self-appointed bodies like the FIA should follow proper procedure and act within reason. It says nothing about FB being guilty or innocent. The court wasn't asking that question. Mosley is trying to spin it into saying the court is wrong because it is endorsing cheating.

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