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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Ecclestone calls on Mosley to step down

Bernie Ecclestone said Max Mosley should accept the compromise deal offered to him last week by the FIA and stand down in November.

The Formula One chieftain, who had initially been supportive of his longtime colleague, told the Daily Telegraph that the head of any major company or organization would have stood aside within 24 hours of the scandal breaking.

Mosley has stated he needs to stay in power to prevent the sport’s commercial interests from trying to take over Formula One. Ecclestone, who has denied that is his aim, believes Mosley can accomplish his goals by November.

While Ecclestone sympathized with Mosley, he believes his opinion is widely echoed in the paddock.

Mosley should be remembered for his work, and not the scandal he is currently embroiled in, and Ecclestone said one way to ensure that would be to avoid the vote of confidence scheduled for Tuesday.

Meanwhile, one lawsuit Mosley will not have to face is from Jackie Stewart, who decided not to sue Max for libel, Scotland on Sunday reports.

During last year’s spygate saga, Stewart called the affair a “witch hunt.”

Mosley responded by calling the former F1 champion a "certified half-wit" who dresses like "a 1930s music hall man."

Stewart believes Mosley was referring to his dyslexia, and considered bringing a libel suit against him. He later decided not to “come down to his level,” but commented the episode highlights Mosley’s “worrying” decision making process.

Hey Scott Speed fan, he won something!

F1 exile Scott Speed won The AAA Insurance 200, a Craftsman Truck Series race, at Dover International Speedway on Friday night.

Speed -- the last American in F1 to make us all look good -- has also won on the ARCA circuit this year.

Among those he beat in the truck race was fellow roundie-roundie top tier driver Kyle Busch, who has made mention of F1 now and again.

Speed says he is having the time of his life back in the states, Setanta reports, and that his experience on the ovals has been typically “awesome.”

Oh, and he apparently won the truck race with painted toenails...

BMW ready with hybrid technologies

Mario Theissen told the Wall Street Journal in 2009 BMW Sauber will be using hybrid technologies in Formula One.

BMW believes it is ready to test electric motors, regenerative braking, and various batteries and supercapacitors in a car this summer.

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