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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Max quitting. Really. As of now, anyway…

Max Mosley says he really will stand down at the end of his term, and is touting Jean Todt as his replacement.

Mosley threatened to retract his decision to go softly into the night after "misrepresentations" by the FOTA squads, but sent a letter to the FIA confirming his intention not to seek reelection, the BBC reports.

Todt has not stated an intention to run, though the BBC reports he has been campaigning. Ex-rally champion Ari Vatanen has put his hat in the ring.

Mosley has not ruled out a "modest" role for himself post-presidency.

F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain: Practice

Bernie "here to stay," but how long?

Meanwhile, Bernie Ecclestone appears to have survived his "Hitler" comments for the moment, despite a tongue lashing in the Daily Mail from Sir Martin Sorrell of CVC Capital Partners.

"His comments were disgusting. He issued a full apology after taking advice. Any other CEO in any other business would be gone."

The newspaper also reports moving Ecclestone into an "honorary role" was discussed, and speculates a move upstairs could be in store for the F1 ringmaster in the coming months, despite claims he is "here to stay."

German GP facing the chop?

Grandprix.com says the management of the Nurburgring will not be hosting next year's German Grand Prix, which was slated for Hockenheim before the local government pulled its support, unless the price comes down.


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