Mosley emerges from scandal as savior
Max Mosley emerged from a messy sex scandal to help salvage Formula One from the effects of the worldwide economic downturn.
With Mosley's mandate as FIA president now drawing to a close it's clear that opting for a fifth term will be decided like nearly every other issue that has been dealt with over the past 15 years: On his own terms.
Mosley has laid the groundwork for the regulation and cost-cutting modifications that have put F1 on sound footing.
But the 68-year-old Englishman isn't sure he's ready to stomach it all any longer.
"(My decision) changes every day," Mosley said last month in London about his decision to run again in November's elections.
"Some mornings I wake up thinking 'Yeah, I'm going to sort them out,' and then other days I wake up thinking 'Do I really care about spending all day long trying to solve other peoples' problems, in effect stop people going bust while allowing them to make money, in return for which I get roundly abused?'
"Do I really want to do this?"
It's a question Mosley will not answer until June, although the bullish but soft-spoken Oxford-educated lawyer has been known to change his mind on a whim.
The lure of seeing through decisions taken to combat F1's "biggest crisis" could keep him from bowing out just yet, although the headaches may prove enough.
"When you start being in something too long, maybe you get a bit stale. There is a case for new people, no question," Mosley said.
"I'm quite easy to replace and it's by no means impossible to replace Bernie (Ecclestone) and I think this will happen. You know the old French saying 'A cemetery filled with dispensable people."' More at TheAge.com.au