The often-forgotten roots of F1’s ‘new’ ideas 
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The often-forgotten roots of F1’s ‘new’ ideas 

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The premiere of a new biopic of Max Mosley reminded MARK GALLAGHER of how the controversial FIA president was ahead of his time in many ways – particularly in rules only now being embraced for the common good

During the run up to the British Grand Prix, London’s May Fair hotel provided the setting for the premiere of Michael Shevloff’s film ‘It’s Complicated’, documenting the life and times of Max Mosley. It was poignant to reflect, in some detail, on the life of the former FIA President a mere seven weeks after his passing.

It’s a good film, with plenty of archive footage of Mosley’s early forays in racing, initially as a driver and then as co-founder of March Engineering. The founding of the Formula One Constructors’ Association, Mosley’s partnership with Bernie Ecclestone and subsequent move into the corridors of power at the FIA, remind us of the political powerplay and borderline chaos that marked and marred Formula 1’s growth.

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