Monday 11 December 2017

Mosley still mad about Alonso's 'illegitimate' win in Germany

FERRARI'S Fernando Alonso will devalue the Formula One championship if he wins it by less than seven points, says the governing body's former president Max Mosley.

Spaniard Alonso, who leads Red Bull's Mark Webber by 11 points with two races remaining, won controversially in Germany in July after Ferrari ordered Brazilian team-mate Felipe Massa to let him pass while leading.

Ferrari were subsequently fined $100,000 for the use of banned 'team orders' but suffered no loss of points. "I did feel at the very least that the extra points that Alonso got by overtaking Massa under team orders should have been taken away," said Mosley.

"That's the absolute minimum, because if by any chance Alonso were to win the championship with a margin less than the seven points that he picked up, I would say illegitimately in Hockenheim, it would devalue the championship.

"But that's just a personal view."

The Briton also poured cold water on speculation that he was considering a comeback: "I think my Formula One days are finished and I've moved on to other things now," he said.


Mosley, who survived calls for his resignation over a sado-masochistic sex scandal, handed over the presidency of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) to former Ferrari boss Jean Todt last October.

There has been some internet speculation that the relationship with Frenchman Todt has become frayed to the point where Mosley might seek to return. Formula One's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who marked his 80th birthday yesterday, had suggested at last weekend's South Korean Grand Prix that Mosley could share responsibilities with Todt at the FIA.

"I didn't want Max to go and it would be nice to have him back," said Ecclestone, who recalled how the sport used to be divided between the FIA and FISA, with the latter in charge of the sporting side. "It's completely a rumour," Mosley said of the talk, adding that he did not miss the sport.

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