Mosley won't stand for another term

FIA president Max Mosley insists there is no going back on his plans to leave office when his current term ends next October, despite calls from figures within the governing body for him to stand again

Mosley won't stand for another term

Mosley revealed shortly after the controversy about his private life erupted in March that he planned for his current term to be his last.

And although the scale of his victory in an FIA confidence vote in June prompted suggestions he could be tempted to remain on board for another term, Mosley has ruled out such a prospect.

"There are a large number of people in the FIA who are saying that I must run again in 2009," said Mosley this week as part of an interview with this week's Autosport.

"I don't want to, because to be very, very honest, I want to stop going to work every day. It is that thing that every morning you cannot believe how much work there is to do.

"A lot of people with ambitions think all you do is put on a blazer and an armband and you are president of the FIA. You can do it like that, but then you are not the person in control - it is the secretary general. So if you want to have any influence, you have to do an awful lot of work."

Mosley said there were several candidates able to become his successor, although he doubted that former Ferrari team principal Jean Todt, widely tipped as his preferred choice, would be the man to eventually do so.

"I think there are a lot of potential successors and if Jean Todt were interested in doing it, and I am not sure he is, he would obviously be very capable.

"But someone like Jean Todt could command a huge salary in F1. He could go anywhere he wanted, you know he could go into any of those companies to make it work.

"I think he would be tempted by a role other than the FIA because the FIA presidency is an unpaid position. There are several people who, without naming names, would be competent to do it. And the actual president doesn't have to be from the club.

"It is open in the statutes. If there was someone who was brilliantly clever from one of the clubs and there was an outsider, then the club man would have an advantage because of the support of the clubs."

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