The old saying goes something like this "with experience comes wisdom", but Bernie Ecclestone and Max Mosley have proved the exact opposite. The Formula One leadership's penchant for controversy is bringing attention that the sport most definitely doesn't need right now.
I'll be the first one to admit that the racing has been dull so far this year, but I much rather us here on B/R and elsewhere in the Internet and media spent our time writing about how to make the racing better.
But instead the corrupt, aging, megalomaniacs at the top of the sport, make us talk about them. To bring out another "oldie but a goodie" the classic Lord Acton quote. "Power corrupts but absolute power corrupts absolutely"
It was very apt that Ecclestone chose to talk about Saddam Hussein and Adolf Hitler, because like those men, Mosley and Ecclestone have become consumed by their own power and influence, convincing themselves they affect massive change but ultimately being brought down in the attempt.
"Any publicity is good publicity" is another quote that is used a lot, I was watching "Pardon the Interruption" an American sports commentary show for those who don't know, I've never heard them talk about Formula One. But today, they mentioned the Ecclestone remarks. Basically calling both Mosley and Ecclestone Nazis. Mosley because of in Mike Wilbon's words a "Nazi themed, s&m, sex episode" and Ecclestone for Saturday's remarks.
This is the first mention of Formula One on ESPN in as long as I can remember and what is mentioned?
Adolf Hitler, Sadomasochism and how Ecclestone "controls a culture". That isn't good publicity, It's actually enough to make the average curious American sports fan, consider not watchinng Formula One.
Max Mosley's approach during the FOTA-FIA conflict was to call FOTA selfish and puerile, he said something like "No participant can be bigger than the sport that they compete in" and "FOTA doesn't have Formula One's interest in mind" also "Formula One needs new blood".
Well Mr. Mosley all of those things can be said about you and your cohort Mr. Ecclestone. It's hard to make the argument that Formula One is in any way relevant to the life of the common man.
Drivers get paid by the tens of millions, they have apartments in Monte Carlo, super model girlfriends and only work once every two weeks. They have nothing in common with us, maybe except for the love of cars.
So Formula One doesn't need any more bad publicity, it needs to accentuate the positive to use another trite line and Max and Bernie don't do that, they only point out to the world what is wrong with Formula One. That it truly doesn't even matter, it's just an excuse to spend lots of money.
So both Mosley and Ecclestone should quit if no other reason just to preserve what they have spent so much effort building.