FIA president Max Mosely has offered Bernie Ecclestone a role within the sport's governing body, although it's not clear what exactly the position is. Mosley reportedly has his hands full with various aspects of the FIA and would like Ecclestone...
FIA president Max Mosely has offered Bernie Ecclestone a role within the sport's governing body, although it's not clear what exactly the position is. Mosley reportedly has his hands full with various aspects of the FIA and would like Ecclestone to deal with affairs such as negotiations between the teams, the manufacturers and the banks.
"He hasn't said yes and he hasn't said no," said Mosley, according to the UK's Guardian newspaper, in regard to Ecclestone. "I have millions of things to do to keep me occupied and recruiting Bernie would be a very satisfying way of dealing with the current situation. His role would be specifically to deal with the problems of Formula One from the governing body's point of view."
Mosley has faced criticism from the teams over his handling of affairs and Ecclestone could perhaps be a mediator. "The trouble is, Max currently can't do everything at the FIA and he is spending a great deal of time with car- industry matters," commented Ecclestone, who said he is 'seriously considering' the offer. "So perhaps the teams, who are always complaining about how Max carries on, might find me a little easier to deal with."
Ecclestone would have to give up his involvement with the commercial side of F1 if he decided to accept an FIA role. "I suppose the job is quite appealing in a sense, dealing with every element of formula one, although I would have to remove myself from the commercial aspect of the sport," he added.
If that happened, the banks that recently won control of SLEC, F1's commercial holding company, would have to take over the administration of the sport themselves. It's speculated that the FIA offer is a way of pressuring the banks to sell their shares back to Ecclestone, or to strengthen the FIA's position in regard to the breakaway threat from the manufacturers.
Whatever the reasoning, Mosley claims Ecclestone joining the FIA would be a benefit. "He knows the business better than anyone and one of the things in our arrangements with his companies, and therefore with the banks and so on, is that we have to approve his successor," Mosley commented.
"If he was sitting on our side of the fence, he would play a major role -- if not decide who that person was to be. The result is that we would have somebody very sensible doing the commercial side but also somebody who knows Formula One intimately doing things from the FIA point of view."