IMOLA: International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Max Mosley says he has not ruled out standing for re-election when his term runs out in 2005 despite reservations about staying in office.
“The great danger is staying too long,” said the Briton, who turned 63 last week, ahead of Sunday’s San Marino Formula One Grand Prix.
“One has seen one or two examples of that in sporting bodies when people get into the position and stay too long.
“I certainly wouldn’t go on unless I got an indication of an overwhelmingly high proportion of people wanting me to stay and not just out of politeness.
“I don’t rule it out but also I’ve always felt if one is old enough to be the father of the people driving, that is acceptable. When you get old enough to be the grandfather you have got to start thinking about it.”
Mosley took over at the helm of FISA, which became the FIA, in 1991 and was elected FIA president in 1993.
A close ally of Formula One commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone and MARCH team founder in the 1970s, he has been re-elected twice since then for successive four year terms. – Reuters