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Mosley prepares for F1 exit

Max Mosley's often controversial reign as president of the FIA will draw to a close tomorrow, with Jean Todt hot favourite to emerge as his successor.

Accusations fly ahead of FIA presidential vote

Campaigning for the most powerful position in world motorsport descended into a slanging match today with FIA president Max Mosley and would-be successor Ari Vatanen trading blows in an exchange of letters.

Inside Lines: Will Max get a spanking after his royal seal of disapproval?

To suggest that Max Mosley doesn't like being beaten may sound something of a paradox, but his campaign to install favoured choice Jean Todt as his successor as president of motorsport's ruling body FIA may come unstuck after upsetting one of the most powerful men in the Middle East. Jordan's Prince Feisal is fast becoming a seriously influential player in motorsport politics after steering his country's successful bid to become the first Arab nation to host a World Rally Championship, is furious at Mosley snubbing his invitation to last week's conference of motorsport governing bodies in Amman and more so at receiving a savage letter from him denigrating Todt's challenger, Ari Vatanen, warning that the popular Finn and his associates "have made enemies of the FIA membership". Hardly diplomatic, as the sports-loving Prince Feisal is himself one of Vatanen's backers and set to become an FIA vice-president should he win. A source close to the royal palace tells us: "Prince Feisal is very angry indeed with Mr Mosley, especially after he extended the hand of friendship by inviting him to the world rally event at a time when the motor world seemed against him because of the bondage scandal. He is gravely concerned at some of the insinuations made in Mr Mosley's letter." It may be that Mosley will find upsetting a royal who commands much respect beyond motorsport's growing Middle East constituency a less pleasurable painful experience.

Mosley takes flak for poll role

The action here in Suzuka yesterday was a damp squib thanks to rain in both practice sessions, but elsewhere the FIA presidential election heated up as Jordan's influential Prince Feisal criticised the outgoing president Max Mosley's overt and aggressive support of candidate Jean Todt.

Ecclestone: Briatore did not deserve ban

Renault's disgraced boss only needed 'a slapped hand' for Singapore crash scandal

David Tremayne: Teams are in driving seat – and Mosley knows it all too well

The FIA was mindful that a long ban would drive another manufacturer out of the sport

Renault escape permanent Formula One ban

Renault have been given a suspended permanent disqualification from Formula One after motor sport's governing body ruled on Nelson Piquet Jr's crash during last year's Singapore Grand Prix.

New accord could bring F1 bickering to an end

Outgoing FIA president Max Mosley stole a march on the Formula One teams on Saturday when the governing body made the official announcement of the signing of a new Concorde Agreement four days earlier than they had ideally wanted.

Todt stands to replace Mosley

Jean Todt, the former team principal of Ferrari, formally announced his intention yesterday to stand for the role of FIA president which will be vacated by his close friend Max Mosley in October.

Editor-At-Large: Three kinds of sorry, and I know which one I trust

Formula One racing is not really my kind of sport, but I can see why it attracts millions of fans. Its very existence is a kind of two-fingered salute to the green lobby, and the combination of macho men and glamorous women a jolly reminder of a previous, less politically correct era when having fun was so much simpler. Today's German Grand Prix will have fewer viewers than usual, however, because of remarks made by one of the two unpleasant men who run the sport.

Webber defies turmoil to top charts

Damage limitation. On and off the track, that's been the catchphrase of a cold weekend that might just prove to be the tipping point in Formula One's history. In the end, the renegade FOTA teams elected not to prod the tiger more than necessary and dropped their thoughts of presenting beleaguered FIA president Max Mosley with a convenient ready-to-sign letter of resignation.

Ecclestone given ultimatum over new championship

The weather here at the Nurburgring was cold and bleak yesterday – rather like the sport's current state as the war between the sport's governing body, the FIA and the Formula One Teams Association reached another critical moment.

Mosley should go to save F1, says head of Australian GP

As weary Formula One fans became ever more bemused and Max Mosley sought to explain why it is taking so long for a suitable 2009 Concorde Agreement to be put before the teams for signature, the beleaguered FIA president came under attack from an unexpected source.

Christina Patterson: Here's how we know our feelings are real

I was in a monastery in Syria when I heard that Michael Jackson had died. "What a shame!" I thought. "What a sad life!" And then I went back to looking at icons. (The kind of icons that feature a Madonna and child, I mean a real Madonna and child, a Madonna-looking-good-at-1,500, not just at 50, and a child that wasn't "rescued" from the other side of the world.)

Bernie Ecclestone's 'regret' over Hitler remarks

Formula One motor racing boss Bernie Ecclestone said he regretted the upset caused by his praise of Adolf Hitler's leadership.

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