Max Mosley has found reasons to justify delaying his exit from his senior role at the FIA, despite being expected to stand down in October at the end of his current term of office.
Having survived calls for his head following last year's tabloid revelations into his sex life, Mosley had hinted that he would step down as president of world motorsport when the position came up for re-election at the end of the season, but told Reuters
that he may yet attempt to return for another term, having already served since 1991.
"[The job] is interesting at the moment, and to walk away would be to leave [the sport] in a state of uncertainty, which is probably not the thing to do," Mosley explained, "But I don't really have to think about that until June or July."
The president's u-turn will, no doubt, have been prompted by what he described as a wave of support from FIA members after last year's turmoil. Despite facing threats of several member associations breaking away from the FIA following his success in a vote of confidence, Mosley insisted that he had had more messages encouraging him to remain in power than he had had calls to quit.
"Being very frank about it, an awful lot of people are saying 'you need to stay because of this situation," the 68-year old claimed, referring to the current economic scenario and his efforts to cut the cost of competing, especially in F1.
"I really have to ask myself two questions. One is should I stay, because it will be 18 years running the sport and that is really a very long time. And then also, do I want to?"