Mosley accused of lying by prostitute
Formula 1 and world motor sport washed its hands of Max Mosley yesterday as astonishment turned to anger at his refusal to stand aside as president of the FIA after the publication of further details about his part in an allegedly Nazi-inspired sado-masochistic orgy.
To say that the scandal overshadowed Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix, which was won by Felipe Massa in a Ferrari, would be an understatement. It took the noise of 22 V8 engines screaming round the desert track to distract attention briefly from an affair that has consumed the sport and damaged it in equal measure.
After initially publishing details of Mosley's activities nine days ago, the News of the World followed up on Sunday with a detailed interview with one of the five prostitutes involved. It appeared designed to disprove Mosley's claim there were no Nazi connotations to the session.
The woman, a 40-year-old divorced mother of two, said Mosley knew exactly what was going to happen when he arrived at the Chelsea basement that had been turned into a "torture chamber". "Max knew last week's orgy was to have a Nazi theme - he ordered it," she told the paper.
The paper has raised the stakes by sending a copy of the five-hour video to each of the eight members of the FIA's senate, who, it is thought, may have the power to expel their president.
In Formula One there is no team in the pitlane which is speaking up for him.
Mosley, 67, has already faced criticism or calls for his resignation from four of the big car manufacturers and five of the national motoring federations that make up the FIA.
Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula One rights holder, is still publicly standing by his friend, but fears about the damage that the scandal is inflicting on the image of his empire are increasing.
It has emerged that after the publication a letter from the Crown Prince of Bahrain telling Mosley not to come to the grand prix, a furious Mosley called Ecclestone, shouted abuse down the phone about the Gulf Kingdom and said he did not want to go there again. Unknown to him, Ecclestone took the call sitting next to the Crown Prince, who is thought to have heard everything. Mosley rang the Bahraini ruler to apologize. The Australian