Max Mosley has insisted that the ongoing battle between the FIA and the Formula One Teams Association has increased the possibility of him extending his time as the head of motorsports governing body.
Mosley had been expected to stand down from his role at the end of his current term in office, but said that the current situation – which has seen the F1 teams threaten to launch a rival series – was increasing the chances of him staying on.
“When I started, I was old enough to be the father of the younger drivers and now I'm old enough to be the grandfather,” he told the BBC
. “There comes a time when you need to stop and I don't want to go on forever, but even if I wanted to stop this October, they [FOTA] are making it very difficult for me to do so. All the people in the FIA are saying 'we are in trouble and are being attacked – you must stay'.
“If we had peace and I said I wanted to stop in October, they would be nice and say they want me to stay, but they wouldn't really mind [if I went] and someone else would come along. I'm nearly 70 now but you can't walk away in a crisis.”
Mosley also denied that his approach to governing the sport had been a major cause of the current issues, arguing that his position as head of the FIA made him a target.
“I happen to be the president, but I can't move without the support of the authority of the FIA members,” he said. “Whoever replaced me would be the same and would defend the interests of the FIA as the championship belongs to them. It wouldn't work unless they found someone to let it all go. If I dropped dead tomorrow, someone else would take the same stance.”
However, while reports have suggested that the teams would be keen to see Mosley leave at the end of his current term, Brawn GP boss Ross Brawn insisted that Mosley leaving his position wasn't something the teams were chasing.
"It's in no way a condition of the conditional entry the FOTA teams have made," he said. "It's not something the FOTA teams are pushing for or asking for. It has not entered discussions."