I am aware that what follows is not currently a fashionable viewpoint, but part of me that is glad that Max Mosley won the vote in Paris. For the avoidance of doubt (and leaving aside issues relating to the Nazi allegations until they are substantiated or disproved in court) I’ll say now that I found what he got up to behind what he believed to be closed doors about as far from my cup of cocoa as you can get within the bounds of what was apparently consensual and legal.
I’d say too it would be in the best interest of both the sport and its governing body if he now stood down. Whether it was right or wrong for such revelations to reach the public domain, the fact is they have, you can’t put them back in the box and Mosley’s authority has been permanently weakened.
But I have also tired of the stream of sanctimonious outpourings from those in F1 who have queued up to stand in public judgement over him as if unconventional nocturnal proclivities were in any way unusual in the sport.
I’d also be interested to hear the holier-than-thou views of the armchair enthusiasts compared to those of Heikki Kovalainen, Robert Kubica, Stephane Ortelli and Marc Gene. These are all top level F1 or sports car drivers who, within the last year alone, have escaped either unharmed or with relatively minor injuries from accidents that looked potentially unsurvivable. And I suspect that had these accidents occurred before the Mosley-led FIA forced through night-and-day improvements in car and circuit safety standards, then some or all of them would have been at least fearfully injured and possibly killed.
I don’t know the man and it may well be he is as irascible, unreasonable and autocratic as his critics claim, but it can also be argued he has done more to keep the sport safe than anyone else in its modern history. And I haven’t heard much of that balance coming through of late. It seems many are too busy exhibiting an unseemly and unedifying public pleasure in his fall from grace.
So, in the words of head of the Australian Motor Sport Confederation, Gary Connelly, as one tiny bit of balance right at the end of an otherwise shockingly one-sided report on the allegedly impartial BBC website: “Look, people voted and democracy ran its course. The FIA is a large organisation comprised of many people and I think you've seen a vote of confidence for the president. That's it."