FIA president Max Mosley did his first proper sit down interview with the Guardian newspaper this week. On the front page was a rather flattering photograph of the man, next to the quote ‘It’s an absurd activity, therefore you keep it secret’ with the strap line ‘Max Mosley on sadomasochism’.
Max gives a very full and frank interview within the four-page piece, coming across well, considered and unashamed by anything he’s done.
But why am I talking about this here on Sunday Afternoon Club?
Well it’s down to the part where Mosley says he thinks the whole S&M scandal was set up by someone in the motor racing community.
‘I think it’s undoubtedly related to motor racing, it’s just a question of who. I’ve got some shrewd ideas. I’ve got my eye on them, let’s put it like that.’
The most obvious – and probably too obvious – is Ron Dennis and the McLaren team, as when the Max story originally broke in the News of the World, it was but a few months after the Ferrarigate episode and McLaren’s $100million fine. The sum and punishment being dished out by the FIA, where Max was definitely playing the dominant role in that particular room.
However, Dennis was forced into confronting this very thing earlier in the year, and said:
‘I categorically deny that I have anything to do with the News of the World investigation into Mr Mosley. Neither does anyone connected with the McLaren Group or the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team.’
But there is Sir Jackie Stewart, who criticised the FIA’s handling of the spy sagas, and who subsequently incurred the wrath of Mosley:
‘It’s annoying that some of the sponsors listen to him because he’s won a few championships. But nobody else in formula one does – not the teams, not the drivers. He’s a figure of fun among drivers,’ said Mosley.
And just to hammer the point home, he added: ‘He goes around dressed up as a 1930s music hall man. He’s a certified halfwit.’
That’d get my back up, but vindictive enough to set Mosley up? Probably not.
So finally, to ex-Minardi team boss Paul Stoddart, who was always getting in trouble with Max, and even as recently as this time last year said of him:
‘In recent years, so much damage has been done to the sport, mainly by him [Mosley], that people are going to remember him as the man who almost single-handedly – I say almost, because I hope he doesn’t achieve it – destroyed the sport. Max is a power-junkie. I have no doubt about that.’
Obviously, I’m just having a bit of fun with this, as the whole affair, to me, still seems almost too farcical to believe. But it gives you something to think about doesn’t it?
But if you write any comments about Nazis, prostitutes, or mention any other libelous material, I’ll have to delete your comments.
S&M’s fine though, he’s been doing that for 45 years. The dirty old man.