Mosley to step down as FIA president

Mosley to step down as FIA president

Max Mosley has informed the FIA General Assembly that he will step down as President of the FIA in October this year. Although the FIA has confirmed this in a short statement, there has been no additional information as to who will replace him, ...

Max Mosley has informed the FIA General Assembly that he will step down as President of the FIA in October this year. Although the FIA has confirmed this in a short statement, there has been no additional information as to who will replace him, either in a short-term capacity or whether or when elections will be held to choose a new president.

Max Mosley.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
Mosley, formerly president of FISA, became president of the FIA when it replaced FISA in 1993. He had originally been chosen as the head of FISA in 1991, succeeding the autocratic Jean-Marie Balestre.

Mosley was re-elected as president in 1997 and 2001 in consecutive four-year terms. His current term as President was not due to end until 2005.

Recent reports have suggested Ferrari managing director and team principal Jean Todt was Mosley's favoured choice to replace him in the event of his resigning the post.

Mosley has been active this season in urging changes to Formula One, including reducing speeds to increase safety, cutting costs and improving the spectacle of racing. At the World Motor Sport Council meeting yesterday it was formally requested that the Technical Working Group propose ideas to cut speeds in F1, and if they fail to do so the FIA will impose its own measures.

Mosley had recently expressed an interest in continuing with the FIA so the announcement is something of a surprise. He is scheduled to attend the FIA press conference on Friday at the French Grand Prix.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jean Todt
Teams Ferrari