There are clear signs emerging that FIA President Max Mosley is not intending to disappear gracefully at the FIA General Assembly in June, despite the fact that clubs which represent more than 60% of the FIA membership have either requested or demanded his resignation.
Mosley's actions suggest that he feels that he can convince FIA delegates that the key point is not that he damaged the FIA reputation, but rather that he was the victim of an invasion of his privacy, and possibly even a plot to remove him from office.
Mosley continues to try to get the video footage of his activities banned. This failed in Britain, although he did receive a fairly supportive judgment. He is now applying for a ban in France. If successful this will create a "paper trail" of legal judgments that Mosley will no doubt try to use to support his arguments and that it all has nothing to do with his ability to run the sport.
The inconvenient fact remains that if there was a trap, he still fell into it and by doing so raised questions about his judgment and his suitability to hold the position.
The fact that he has since refused to resign has done enormous damage to the image of the FIA and mobilized a number of clubs against him.
His invitation to go to the Jordan Rally is, however, an indication that he wants people to see that it is business as usual, so that he can show the clubs in June that the scandal has had no effect. There will, whatever happens, be one effect as the FIA pays for delegates to attend the General Assembly and thus hundreds of thousands of dollars of FIA money will have to be spent to assemble the delegates to discuss Mosley's future. This expenditure would not have been necessary but for the scandal. This undermines the argument that this is a private matter and should not have any effect on the FIA. More at Grandprix.com
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