Max Mosley, the one true prophet of KERS and cost cutting... blessings and peace be upon him. Has been nothing but bluster and bravado in the past month or so.
With his lofty ideas and unattainable goals. Saying things like: "Formula One need new blood" and "If the teams want to make the rules they should start their own series." This has been his modus operandi in this war: to make claims to try and radicalize the teams and by doing so improve his own position.
Indeed, Mr. Mosley, much like his father is a consummate politician and he is a good judge of a battle field. Mosley can turn almost any situation in his favor. But in this case, Max's politics has failed.
The FIA-FOTA War has been a series of victories (both real, imagined and moral) for FOTA. Mosley has backed down from his original 30 million GBP cap figure, then he relented on the idea of a "two-tier" Formula One. Now with the release of the entry list, Mosley has named all of the FOTA teams and has given one more week for a workable compromise to be reached between the FIA and FOTA.
Maybe Max Mosley isn't the autocrat as we've been painting him in these pages here on Bleacher Report. He certainly has aspirations to be like his father or someone even more powerful. But in reality everybody in the motor-sports world is fed up with Mosley and his antics and power plays. He is a man with an oedipal complex and severe delusions of grandeur. A man like Mosley should not be feared, he should be pitied for trying to be something he cannot be.
As a matter of fact, budget-capping is the last attempt of a man who most certainly will not run for re-election in September for the FIA presidency, to be remembered. Mosley wants to leave a legacy no matter what that is. He wants to be remembered, no matter what, even if he is remembered as the man who drove Ferrari out of Formula One.
But in the end reality always sets in for the autocrat or the man with lofty goals. FOTA has stuck together, at least the most important members of it anyway.
What's that timeless dictum again? Unity is strength. Through this strength Max Mosley has been put in his place, FOTA has the clear advantage in negotiations in the following week and the dreams of the dictator will evaporate into ether and since he will not be reelected in September, rules could revert to the 2009 regulations.
Max Mosley started as the man put in place to be the friend of the teams in Paris, but he has been corrupted by his own greed and power. So in the end Mosley will not be seen as a friend but as the man who tried his best to try and destroy Formula One.