It wouldn’t be right for me to return to F1, says Max Mosley

By Gareth Llewellyn
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Max Mosley has ruled himself out of a return to the FIA despite Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone revealing he wants him back.

Mosley stepped down as FIA president in 2009 with former Ferrari team boss Jean Todt taking over at the top of motorsport’s governing body.

Ecclestone admitted: “I didn’t want Max to go and it would be nice to have him back.

“I suppose we could go back and Max could be president of the FIA and Jean could be president of Fisa (Federation Internationale du Sport Automobile), running the sporting side.

“I don’t think the teams would mind. If you asked anyone now if Max coming back as president of the FIA, if they would complain, I think they’d say ‘no’.”

But despite the enthusiasm from Ecclestone, Mosley said talk of a return is “completely a rumour”.

Ecclestone and Mosley worked together for decades in their respective positions at the pinnacle of motorsport, and despite rumours of a possible coup to remove Todt, Mosley has moved to distance himself from a return.

“I follow it vaguely at a distance,” said Mosley. “I’m really now just an ordinary fan, I watch it on the television, but it’s no longer my responsibility.

“It’s a nice idea and very friendly to say ‘come back’ but the truth of the matter is it wouldn’t be the right thing to do.”

New president Todt has come under fire for failing to punish Ferrari for their team orders controversy at the German Grand Prix in June, when Felipe Massa allowed team-mate Fernando Alonso through to win to boost his world championship chances.

But Mosley has urged F1 teams to give Todt, the man he backed for president, a chance in the position.

“I pushed very strongly for Jean and I think he’ll get the job done, and I want him to succeed because I’m responsible in part for him being there.He must be given a chance to run it in his own way, which obviously will be different to my way and might be better.”

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