Bernie Ecclestone reacts to Mosley’s letter 

Written by David on May 21st, 2008 at 12:02 pmLast Update: May 21st, 2008 at 12:04 pm

Bernie EcclestoneFOM Chief Bernie Ecclestone has reacted to a letter wrote by Max Mosley last week addressed to national automobile clubs where the embattled FIA President – soon to face a vote of confidence – warned that he shouldn’t be forced to resign because the FIA would be in risk of losing control of F1 to commercial rights holders Ecclestone and CVC partners. “I sincerely hope that it isn’t a declaration of war because, if that’s what the message should be, then we’ll have to defend ourselves,” Ecclestone was quoted as saying to The Times.

“That is what anyone would do. I don’t believe that’s what Max wanted the letter to say. I don’t want to have a war with Max and I hope he doesn’t want one with me. This whole business is really about what was printed in the News of the World and whether this in any way damaged the FIA clubs or the FIA – that’s all. It’s nothing to do with anything else and I don’t quite know why he’s come out and said these things. I am sorry if the press have reported things which he doesn’t like, but we certainly don’t have any influence over the FIA.”

“We have decided we are going to contact all the clubs who Max wrote to, with a reply to the matters raised in his letter”, continued the Briton.

“I think the General Assembly of the FIA was called for one reason only: to decide whether or not they think Max is the right person to be their president. The vote will be on that, not about the Concorde Agreement.”

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