Mosley believes he was set up

FIA president Max Mosley still thinks it 'more likely than not' that the News of the World story about his private life was a set-up to try and get him out of office

Mosley believes he was set up

Mosley has suspected from the start that the breaking of the story could be part of a conspiracy from someone involved in either Formula One or road cars to weaken his position and force him to resign.

Although there are ongoing investigations into the matter, especially since Mosley was warned earlier in the year that he was being followed, there has not yet been any confirmation of a plot to get him out.

However, speaking this week at length for the first time since the stories of his sex life broke, Mosley said he still believes that there is more to the case that it being a simple 'kiss and tell' story.

"I think there is a strong probability that the News of the World did not just chance on it," said Mosley, speaking to a select few journalists including autosport.com in Monaco this week.

"That is being investigated very carefully and in great detail at the moment, and sooner or later we will know exactly what happened."

When asked whether he believed he was set-up, Mosley said: "I think it is more likely than not. Yes."

His feelings about the nature of a conspiracy against him have been fuelled by the fact that Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has even put forward the identity of the individual who could be behind a scheme.

"Well, Bernie gave me a name," he said. "But with Bernie, you have got to be a little bit cautious, shall we say.

"I still don't know for sure who it was yet, and I am not going to blame anybody until I am certain. I think it is probably a subject I better draw a veil over."

Mosley did elaborate, however, and say the individual concerned was 'not unconnected' with Formula One - but has made it clear that he will not take the matter further until he has final proof he was set up.

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