Mosley to seek another term as president

Max Mosley says that last week's unsuccessful attempt by several Formula 1 team bosses to oust him as president of the FIA has convinced him to seek re-election when his current term of office ends in 2001

Mosley to seek another term as president

The 60-year-old's term as president of the sport's governing body ends in October, 2001, but he will now put himself forward for another five-year stint, according to Autosport's sister magazine Motoring News. The president is elected by the 123 national clubs that are affiliated to the FIA, and not by the F1 teams.

Mosley's pledge comes after a stormy meeting at Heathrow Airport last week, in which he successfully confronted the F1 team bosses over their plans for a 'palace coup'. The teams who wanted him out are are unhappy with the way F1 is run, particularly with what they see as a lack of clarity in the technical regulations.

"If people start saying 'you have to go', my immediate reaction is 'I'll have to stay'," said Mosley. "It always has the opposite effect on me. So I will stand for re-election again next year - provided it's quite clear that the majority of the clubs want me.

"It's no businees of the teams who the president is," he added. "All they do is choose whether they want to enter this championship. It would be like me saying that Ron Dennis should resign as the head of McLaren."

During the Heathrow meeting, Mosley is said to have called the teams' collective bluff by challenging them to go away and form their own series, with its own technical and sporting rules - even promising FIA sanctioning as long as it were safe.

As a result of the attempted rebellion, Mosley and the teams have decided to improve the channels of communication by scheduling four meetings a year to discuss any concerns before they are allowed to fester. The four 'get-togethers' will be additional to the existing F1 commission meetings.

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