The FIA and Max Mosley Or The Tale Of How Formula One Was Ruined

Daniel ZylberkanCorrespondent IMay 13, 2009

MAGNY-COURS, FRANCE - JULY 3: Max Mosley faces questions from the press after announcing his resignation as President of the FIA, before the practice session prior to qualifying for the French F1 Grand Prix at the Magny-Cours Circuit on July 3, 2004, in Magny-Cours, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

I don't wanna get off on a rant here but... I'm sick and tired of the FIA's politics and posturing. It seems to me that Max Mosley's only goal in life is to take the most popular and exclusive form of motorsport and debase it to the level of other "lesser" categories where one all needs to race is a leased chassis form the organizer and and a standard engine...and this is coming from an IRL fan.

Formula One has always been the pinnacle not only of the skill of driving, but the pinnacle of engineering and innovation in the world of motorsport. The FIA seems to have some problem with the idea of competition.

It wants more equal racing, more standardized parts or in other words more "spec"-ish regulations. Leave spec regulations to the minor leagues, the difference of approaches between each team's engineering corps is one of the things that makes Formula One interesting to me as a fan.

Even more insulting is this new "two-tiered" Formula One, a system that punishes innovation and ingenuity and rewards conformist thinking. Formula one was its best in times of lax regulation through the 1970s to the 1990s.

With the introduction of such technologies such as ground effect aerodynamics, turbocharged engines, ABS, the semi-manual gearbox, active suspension systems and extremely high revving engines.

In those 20 or so years the competition between Williams and Mclaren was as intense as the one between McLaren and Ferrari today. Some of the greatest champions in the history of the sport arose in that time period Prost, Mansell, Piquet, Senna. The spirit of competition is what pushed both the teams and the drivers to become so good in those days.

In contrast since the FIA changed the regulations in the late 1990s, Ferrari has won the majority of the Constructor's Championships, with Michael Schumacher winning five championships in nine years. with only Mika Hakkinen and Fernando Alonso being able to defeat the German.

Ferrari and many other constructors have chosen to pull out of Formula One if the FIA approves the rule changes for the 2010 season. I fully agree with the teams, the spirit of Formula One does not lie in parity or equality.

It lies in the unadulterated search for ultimate speed and the desire to win and Mosley's rules are in direct contradiction of this.