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Mosley to stay on for 2005 season 16 Jul 2004

The retiring Max Mosley (GBR) FIA President  gives a press conference.
French Grand Prix, Rd 10, Practice, Magny Cours, France, 2 July 2004

FIA President Max Mosley has reversed his decision to step down from the post at the end of this season after colleagues told him that his early departure would “damage the interests” of Formula One racing’s governing body.

A statement released by the FIA on Friday reads as follows:

“At a meeting immediately following the FIA Extraordinary General Assembly on July 1st, 2004, the FIA Senate unanimously called on Max Mosley to rescind his decision to step down in October 2004 and to continue in office at least until the end of his mandate in October 2005. The Senate informed Mr Mosley that his early departure would damage the interests of the FIA.

“The FIA Senate met in London today and were informed by Max Mosley that he had received approaches from all sections of the FIA making the same points as the Senate and even going as far as to say that it would be irresponsible for him to step down this year. Accordingly, he feels bound to accede to the Senate’s request. He expressed his thanks for the confidence shown in him both by the Senate and the full membership of the FIA.”

The FIA Senate consists of eight of the most senior members of the FIA representing member clubs covering both motor sport and general motoring activities.