Ecclestone hopes decision won't hurt F1

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone is hoping the decision to allow Max Mosley to continue as president of the FIA will not harm the sport

Ecclestone hopes decision won't hurt F1

Mosley won a confidence vote on Tuesday, meaning he gained support to stay as head of the governing body following months of controversy over the revelations made by the News of the World about his private life.

Ecclestone, who has called for Mosley to step down at the end of the year, said on Tuesday that his relationship with the Briton will not change.

He admitted, however, that he was hoping the FIA decision will not hurt Formula One.

"It's business as usual as far as I'm concerned. I hope it hasn't destabilised sponsors or manufacturers," Ecclestone told Reuters.

The F1 boss admitted he was not sure what will happen next or how Mosley will be able to work in the paddock from now on.

"I've always said publicly that I thought he should stand down at the end of the year," said Ecclestone.

"We are now in a position where nobody quite knows (what will happen). All those who said things in the past, I don't imagine they are going to change their opinion now.

"It's going to be difficult for him to act as a president of the FIA if the people who said before that they don't want to meet with him maintain that position."

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