Mosley Shrugs Off Calls for his Resignation

FIA president Max Mosley has shrugged off calls for him to resign after the United States Grand Prix debacle in Indianapolis

Mosley Shrugs Off Calls for his Resignation

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart has called for Mosley to resign, while former World Champion Jackie Stewart said he did not rule out the option of Mosley quitting over this affair.

But Mosley, who is running this year for a fourth term as FIA presidend, indicated in a radio interview today that he has no plans to quit his job.

"It doesn't particularly bother me," Mosley told BBC Radio 5 Live, when asked about Stoddart's calls for his resignation.

"My predecessor [former FIA president Jean-Marie Balestre], when he had a conflict like this [in the FIA versus FOCA war] - and I must say I was on the other side with the teams - we used to ask him to resign on an hourly basis. He never took any notice.

"The fact is that the referee is often unpopular, it's something you can't avoid."

Asked what his response would be if the teams demanded he quit, Mosley told the radio station: "I'd take not the slightest notice.

"I'm not here to try to be friends with the teams, I'm here to see that Formula One is run safely and fairly and that the rules are observed and it's the same for everyone."

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