Max Mosley will stand down as president of the FIA next year. He has reached the decision despite growing pressure to stand for re-election for a post he has occupied since 1991.
Mosley insisted he had been considering retirement even before revelations about his private life were published by the London-based News of the World four months ago. Last week he won £60,000 (US$120,000) damages from News International, publisher of the newspaper, after a high court ruling that his sadomasochistic orgy with five prostitutes in a London flat did not have Nazi overtones as it alleged.
Appearing unruffled by the court case, Mosley remained defiantly unapologetic about his behavior and suggested that those who disapproved of his sex life were out of step with the mood of the times.
“The truth of the matter is this — that no grown up person gives the slightest damn about what other people do in their sex lives,” he said. “It is not even a subject for discussion. It used to be 50 years ago that if someone was gay then it was a big drama. In England it was illegal and you could go to prison. But all that is now finished — people don’t care.”
“So as long as it is adults and it is consensual and it is private and, as they say, you don’t frighten the horses, then nobody cares. The grown-ups simply don’t care and the people who do care are not worth talking to,” he added in Autosport.