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Angry Mosley calls deal into question

MOTOR racing chief Max Mosley called into question a deal securing Formula One's future in a letter demanding a public apology from Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo. The International Automobile Federation (FIA) president suggested that he could rethink his decision to stand down in October.

Mosley said he and Montezemolo had agreed a deal at a breakthrough meeting in Paris on Wednesday to "present a positive and truthful account to the media" of what had happened. That meeting ended the threat of a breakaway championship led by Ferrari, with teams accepting more cost cuts and Mosley agreeing to step down.

The 69-year-old Briton said he had been 'astonished' to learn that the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) had subsequently been briefing the media against him. He accused Montezemolo and FOTA of falsely suggesting that he had been forced out of office and would have no role in the FIA after October.

"Furthermore, you have suggested to the media that I was a 'dictator', an accusation which is grossly insulting to the 26 members of the world motor sport council who have discussed and voted all the rules and procedures of Formula One since the 1980s," he added.

"If you wish the agreement we made to have any chance of survival, you and FOTA must immediately rectify your actions," wrote Mosley. "You must correct the false statements which have been made and make no further such statements. You yourself must issue a suitable correction and apology at your press conference this afternoon."


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