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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Bernie talks Max

"To suggest I would want to (destroy Max) is such a lot of bollocks, quite frankly -- it's not true."
-- Bernie Ecclestone as quoted by F1-Live.com

Bernie Ecclestone has denied he was behind the Mosley scandal.

Ecclestone, who has been critical of his longtime friend and business partner in the wake of the scandal, said he had no desire to destroy the FIA head, nor was the method used “his style,” according to The Telegraph newspaper.

At the same time, Ecclestone has warned Mosley to keep out of the sport’s business affairs.

F1-Live reports the FIA President is planning a counter-offensive at the World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris on Wednesday against the threat of a breakaway series.

Mosley has refused to sign a new Concorde Agreement. It has been theorized he wants the commercial rights holder (Ecclestone and company) to give more money back to the teams.

In an interview with The Times newspaper, Ecclestone warned that under the agreement with the European Commission, the FIA has no right to dictate how monies are distributed.

"The money doesn't belong to Max, it doesn't belong to him to touch," Ecclestone said.

Meanwhile, Bernie may be in hot water for saying a few extra votes from Africa saved Max Mosley’s job, but the chief of motor sports in the UAE says he’s the man who saved Mosley.

“Yes, you are right,” Crash.net reports rally driver Mohammed Bin Sulayem told Gulf News. “I got him so many votes. Yes, I made the difference. I don't deny it.”

The Web site reports the UAE chief controlled no fewer than 41 of the 169 total votes cast.

“If anyone can convince me that he has done wrong to motorsport or during his tenure his decisions have hurt Formula 1 or rallying then we have a case,” he added, “but not over his personal and private affairs.”

Abu Dhabi, one of the seven UAE states, will host the region’s second race starting next year.

Massa quickest on day one at Silverstone

Tops in the driver’s championship table, and tops on the testing timesheets for Felipe Massa in day one of testing at the Silverstone circuit.

Massa set a time of 1:20.188 in the morning that could not be matched as Ferrari tested new aeros and mechanicals ahead of the British Grand Prix.

McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen was second on the day as he also tested new aero bits, and Robert Kubica third for BMW Sauber as the team try to recover from a disappointing weekend at Magny-Cours.

Toyota tester Kamui Kobayashi was next, followed by Mark Webber in the Red Bull and Nico Rosberg for Williams.

Nelson Piquet (Renault), Jenson Button (Honda), Tonio Liuzzi (Force India) and Sebastian Vettel (Toro Rosso) rounded out the field.

  1. Massa, Ferrari, 1:20.188
  2. Kovalainen, McLaren, 1:20.477
  3. Kubica, BMW, 1:20.995
  4. Kobayashi, Toyota, 1:21.335
  5. Rosberg, Williams, 1:21.410
  6. Webber, Red Bull, 1:21.585
  7. Piquet, Renault, 1:21.797
  8. Button, Honda, 1:22.081
  9. Liuzzi, Force India, 1:22.251
  10. Vettel, Toro Rosso, 1:23.853
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