Max Mosley, the FIA President from 1993 to 2009, says that the sport needs to take a serious look at the way money is spent, and the way revenue is distributed. The 74-year-old says that something needs to be done to avoid Formula 1 from collapsing. One might think this is a rebuke of the way that the Commercial Rights Holder takes money out of the sport, but at the same time, it is a smack on the side of the head for the FIA, which is doing nothing to save the sport from the mess it is in.
“Half the teams simply can’t compete because they haven’t got enough money,” Mosley said. “To me that is wrong. You would not allow one team to run a bigger engine than another and yet if one team has five times as much money, the effect is exactly the same. It’s not fair from the sporting point of view. The only way to deal with it is to get everybody to agree. You can sit all the teams down and say ‘Look, collectively we’ve got a massive problem because some of you have enough money, but most of you don’t and if we go on like this Formula 1 is going to collapse, so I am inviting you all to agree to a change’. Unfortunately, you cannot so it without unanimity.”
The FIA under Jean Todt seems to be fixated on things outside the sport, clearly not understanding that any FIA is judged solely in achievements in the sport, as the rest of the work done receives zero coverage. Given that the federation had been next to useless in recent years in terms of communication about F1, there is no hope that it will have achieved anything outside the sport. The good news do that the in recent days the federation got a new head of communication. He cannot do worse than the last incumbent, so there is hope that something positive will come from the appointment. Having said that Jean Todt is not very good at communication and, it seems, does not listen to advice. It would be wise to listen to Mosley who, despite his faults, did a decent job running the federation.