Former FIA president Max Mosley has fired off another broadside at Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo in an interview with F1 Racing magazine.
He also said letting that Ferrari keep their one-two win in the 1999 Malaysian Grand Prix was a mistake:
Luca is very, very good company with people and he’s certainly a very personable, pleasant person but, in my opinion, he’s also a very weak character so he’s easily led.
He allowed himself to get to get into a situation of conflict between Ferrari and the FIA whereas if [Jean] Todt were in charge, it would never have got to that stage.
The classic case of people saying we favoured Ferrari was the barge boards [at Malaysia in 1999], which were legal if they were at a slight angle to the chassis and illegal if they were vertical. Now I think that they were probably vertical, but we took them off to look at them, and then it was possible for Ferrari to say “No they were at a slight angle” and they got off on that basis.
We should have impounded the entire car, but you live an learn and we would never make that mistake again.
He added that he wasn’t bothered that so many fans were critical of his management of Formula 1:
It doesn’t bother me that a lot of fans were hostile, because I believe that hostility was based on misinformation. I mean, a lot of it is just assumption – you read things on blogs that are complete nonsense.
You get people saying things like, “Why don’t you just leave the regulations alone? What we want is innovation.” Well yes, of course we all want innovation, but if it’s allowed to go unchecked it puts Formula 1 out of business.
You can follow the progress of his successor Jean Todt in our monthly series of approval ratings:
- Jean Todt’s Approval Rating IV
- Jean Todt?óÔé¼Ôäós Approval Rating III
- Jean Todt?óÔé¼Ôäós Approval Rating II
- Jean Todt?óÔé¼Ôäós Approval Rating
There are more of Mosley’s thoughts on his successor Jean Todt, his reaction to Ayrton Senna’s death and McLaren’s spygate penalty in the full interview in this month’s issue of F1 Racing.
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