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Vatanen saddened by Mosley letter


Ari Vatanen has hit back at Max Mosley, critical of the current FIA head's claims that he will 'lose badly' to Jean Todt in the forthcoming presidential elections.

A letter, leaked to one of Vatanen's proposed vice-presidents, Jordan's Prince Feisal, revealed that Mosley believes Todt, his favoured successor, will take a landslide victory in the 23 October vote,

The FIA-headed letter alleges that Vatanen's campaign 'has been marked by untruthful claims' and 'insults', amid accusations that 'the entire FIA system is unfair, autocratic and unjust'.

"It is not possible to make statements like Vatanen's and then expect the victims of those insults to forget what has been said," the letter claimed, "Any thoughts that, after this election, everyone in motorsport can unite and work together can now be forgotten. The more Vatanen criticises these [FIA] policies and the more insulting and untrue his claims, the more he damages the interests of those associated with him."

The Finn, however, insists that Mosley's assertions are a disappointing twist in the election race with just weeks to go before the crucial vote.

"I personally see it as another sad episode, it is not constructive," Vatanen told BBC Sport, "I would like FIA delegates to remember Max Mosley for the good things and his graceful style [and], if the election is a foregone conclusion, there is no need to write such a letter.

"There is very strong intimidation in this current regime. It is a question of the new and old world. We promise new competent people who will return the derailed FIA to the straight. My wife is my only spin doctor and she is the best because she knows right from wrong."

Despite Mosley's outburst, Vatanen - who wants details of the vote to remain secret - remains confident that his campaign will be successful, claiming that the motorsport world is ready for a change of leadership.

"It is a clash of cultures and the tide has turned, we are leading already," he claimed, "The dynamics are on our side.

"It is all about meeting every single human being as an equal, I want people to be able to express their passion for the sport without the fear of recrimination."



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IanK - Unregistered

October 03, 2009 7:31 AM

Ari Vatanen has replied to the outburst by Max Mosley in a very dignified way and has not taken the bait set by Max Mosley to derail him. If the leaked letter is accurate there is one thing that is obvious. The truth hurts doesnt it Max. Is this the first time to had to look in the mirror?

Phillip Leech

October 04, 2009 3:12 AM

CRAZY: Mosley is just plain crazy. :rolleyes: No former president should be trying to undercut a democratic election. His comments bring Karsai's recent shenanigans to mind. Do we really trust him to have a fair election. I submit NOT! Unless we bring in UN voting regulators, I don't think it will be a fair election. Who's really to stop this maniac from putting his own puppit in office to replace him? :?



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