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Then He Celebrated With ‘Special Friends’

Max Mosely got his way.

You’ve got to give that randy bugger his due, hefigured out how to wrestle eight uber-rich race teams back into line.

All it cost him was his job.

TheFormula 1 world breather a sigh of relief Thursday when it wasannounced that FOTA – the wildcat Formula One Teams Association – was adead issue and that there would be a singular FIA-crowned worldchampion in 2010. And, supposedly, beyond.

Mosely will end his 16-year stranglehold on FIA, the series’ sanctioning body, in October when his fifth term ends.

Gooddamn riddance. Most observers have felt that between Max’s ironclad,often divisive rule and that of F1 chief Bernie “Big Pockets”Eccelstone, the series has become cost bloated, overly technologydriven, exclusionary and, well, darn boring.

And then there wasthe embarrassing incident last year when the 69-year-old FIA president,the son of former British fascist leader Oswald Mosley, was caughtpartaking in a sadomasochistic orgy with five prostitutes in London. Avideo of the incident was widely circulated on the Internet.

Maxdid get the FOTA members – Ferrari, McLaren, BMW Sauber, Renault,Toyota, Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Brawn GP – to buy into a modifiedcost-cutting plan, and to swear their technical help to future incomingteams.

Hopefully Max’s parting gift to the racing community willend up being a stable, more global and more competitive “worldchampionship” racing series.

And hopefully Bernie will be the next to leave.

If you have comments to share, send to me at [email protected].

– Jim Smith

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