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

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