Mosley to stay on as FIA president

Max Mosley has bowed to pressure from the FIA Senate and will stay on as President, it was announced on July 16th. Mosley said his intention was to step down from the post in October this year, a move that surprised many. His term was not due to...

Max Mosley has bowed to pressure from the FIA Senate and will stay on as President, it was announced on July 16th. Mosley said his intention was to step down from the post in October this year, a move that surprised many. His term was not due to finish until 2005 but he stated that he'd had enough of endless meetings that failed to reach any conclusions.

The Senate believes that Mosley's early departure would be 'irresponsible' and called for him to reconsider. Mosley is active in pushing through regulation changes aimed at reducing the performance of F1 cars, due to come into force in 2005, and his departure from the post of President before the changes were in place was a big concern.

"At a meeting immediately following the FIA Extraordinary General Assembly on July 1st, 2004, the FIA Senate unanimously called on Max Mosley to rescind his decision to step down in October 2004 and to continue in office at least until the end of his mandate in October 2005," said a statement from the FIA. "The Senate informed Mr Mosley that his early departure would damage the interests of the FIA."

"The FIA Senate met in London today and were informed by Max Mosley that he had received approaches from all sections of the FIA making the same points as the Senate and even going as far as to say that it would be irresponsible for him to step down this year."

"Accordingly, he feels bound to accede to the Senate's request. He expressed his thanks for the confidence shown in him both by the Senate and the full membership of the FIA."

The FIA Senate consists of eight of the most senior members of the FIA representing member clubs covering both motor sport and general motoring activities.

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