As the 69-year-old is deadlocked in negotiations with the major formula one teams, Britain's Times newspaper suggested that - in the interests of settling the crisis - Mosley was prepared to quietly step aside at Wednesday's World Motor Sport Council.

Max Mosley on Tuesday insisted he is not going to be pushed out of his role as FIA president.

As the 69-year-old is deadlocked in negotiations with the major formula one teams, Britain's Times newspaper suggested that - in the interests of settling the crisis - Mosley was prepared to quietly step aside at Wednesday's World Motor Sport Council.

But despite previously indicating that that he fancies entering retirement rather than contest another FIA election, the Briton wrote to the body's membership on Tuesday insisting he is not about to give in to the dissident FOTA group.

"In light of the attack on the mandate you have entrusted to me, I must now reflect on whether my original decision not to stand for re-election was indeed the right one," he said in a letter leaked to sections of the specialist media.

FOTA chairman and Ferrari president Lucai di Montezemolo will attend Wednesday's meeting, at which it is rumoured he will be pushing hard for the FIA member clubs to move against Mosley.

Mosley wrote: "It is for the FIA membership, and the FIA membership alone, to decide on its democratically elected leadership, not the motor industry and still less the individuals the industry employs to run its formula one teams."

And after indicating at Silverstone on Sunday that legal proceedings against Ferrari and FOTA may not now be pursued, Mosley revealed in his letter that the FIA remains ready to launch action "to discourage any dissident formula one team from engaging in illegal acts".

 

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