Indeed, aside from some laughs in the paddock, and the stagnation of Mosley’s Air Miles account over the next few months, the allegations of what the British tabloid media delights in calling a romp will make no difference to the prosperity of the world’s leading motorsport.
None of this alters the fact that Mosley needs to step down from the leadership of the FIA immediately. In fact I’m astonished that a) Max still thinks his position as FIA President is tenable and b) that most people seem to have absolutely no idea what the FIA does beyond fining Ron Dennis a few million quid.
I have in front of me the 2007 Review of the FIA Foundation: it’s the bit of the FIA responsible for ‘the Automobile and Society’. It helps administrate EuroNCAP, it runs and supports road safety and greenness campaigns like Make Roads Safe and ChooseESC, and it successfully petitioned the UN for the creation of a Global Road Safety Week. The FIA, then, represents every single one of us.
It has some campaigning heavyweights on its side, too. Pictured in the 2007 Review supporting its programmes are Tony Blair, Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o, Michael Schumacher, the prime ministers of Peru, Jamaica and Japan, HRH Prince Michael of Kent, the European commissioner Viviane Reding, German chancellor Angela Merkel, and the Emeritus Archbishop of Cape Town, Desmond Tutu. Mosley is pictured – not in a News of the World pose, I needn’t add – with many of them.