THE START OF A NEW CHAPTER
As former president of the FIA Max Mosley prepares for the release of his autobiography, he talks to Maurice Hamilton about his extraordinary and varied career
Max Mosley: author. It’s yet another title for a man with an impressive CV: son of Sir Oswald Mosley and Diana Mitford; barrister; racing driver; F1 team owner; F1 prime mover; close associate of Bernie Ecclestone; president of the FIA; driving force behind the life-saving Euro NCAP; scourge of scurrilous newspapers and their unscrupulous methods.
It hardly needs saying that a Mosley autobiography makes compelling reading. But deciding to go ahead with it is one thing; writing it is quite another, even for someone of Mosley’s intellect and eloquence.
“It was really hard work,” says Mosley. “How people produce a whole succession of books is just beyond me. If I’d known how much work this was going to be, I’d probably never have done it – but I’m very glad I did.
“Nobody concerned with running motorsport in the past has actually written about it from their point of view. Indeed, this also applies to sport generally: the people behind, say, the Olympics or FIFA, have never recorded their thoughts. It’s interesting to see any sport from the point of view of the person who has to try and make the rules.”
Mosley’s rule-making was based on experience gained as a competitor, entrant, administrator and, initially, as an unexpected convert to motorsport thanks to having been given free tickets to attend a race