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Bernie: Mosley Will Stand Down

FORMULA One boss Bernie Ecclestone is confident that Max Mosley will step down as president of the governing body and keep the sport from splintering.

Tension between the FIA and the Formula One Teams Association was renewed with eight leading teams threatening to start a breakaway series, when Mosley hinted he could stand for re-election in October despite having earlier said he would step aside.

"I have no doubt in my mind, as long as I've known Max, he's always done what he said he would do," Ecclestone said. "He's an honorable person ... he's a trustworthy guy. So I have no doubt that he will honor all the things he's ever said he will do."

Mosley began publicly reconsidering his promise to step down when FOTA gloated over the accord. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo hailed the coming end of "dictator" Mosley's 15 years in office only a day after the agreement was reached last month.

"He was a bit upset after agreements had been made to be quiet and not throw stones at each other, and then remarks were made which upset him," said Ecclestone, adding that he did not think the threat of a breakaway series in 2010 would be realized.


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