Paris vote decisive for FIA future too

The FIA's decision today on the future of president Max Mosley is not just about the fate of its incumbent leader but will be decisive for the future of motor racing itself, claims one of the governing body's leading figures

Paris vote decisive for FIA future too

As FIA General Assembly members gathered in Paris this morning for the meeting that will decide if Mosley continues in his present role, Confederation of Australian Motor Sport chief Gary Connelly made it clear exactly what was at stake today.

"This is a very important day for motorsport," said Connelly outside the French Automobile Club in Paris, where the meeting is taking place.

"This isn't just about the future of one person; this is about the future of a whole organisation with more than 100 years of history. So I think that people are going to take much note of that today, they are going to listen to all sides of the argument, and I'm sure they'll be many sides of the argument."

Connelly said he remained open about the possible outcome of the vote, and felt the importance of it meant it was vital people did not rush to make a judgement.

"Look, I think there are some strong views on both sides and I think what we have got to do is reflect on the direction of the FIA, we have got to look at its past and we have got to look at its future.

"So we are going here today to hear what both sides have got to say about that," he said.

Other FIA figures said that they were already clear about what side they were voting for.

Robert Darbelnet, president of the American Automobile Association, indicated he would be voting against Mosley. "Absolutely," he said. "Without a doubt..."

Mosley himself avoided meeting the press, who had gathered outside the front entrance of the club, and instead used a back door.

It is expected that a series of speeches will be made in the FIA meeting before a secret ballot is taken on whether Mosley should continue.

Autosport.com will keep you fully informed of the latest developments from Paris.

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