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GP Week : Issue 14
MAX Mosley will remain the President of the FIA following a stunning victory in a vote of confidence at the FIA Extraordinary General Assembly last Tuesday. Mosley, who argued to FIA members in the meeting that the revelations made about his personal life had been done to destabilise the FIA through what he reportedly termed as “terrorism,” was convincing enough in his arguments to win the vote by a landslide 103 to 55 with seven abstentions and four invalid votes. But if Mosley thought that would be the end of the matter, he was sorely mistaken. His win was due, it would seem, to the support of many small nations – each with a single vote, despite small membership numbers – leaving some larger membership countries fuming. Shortly after the conclusion of the EGA, Germany’s ADAC announced it was withdrawing its support and participation from the FIA’s working groups. America’s AAA also joined the criticism, stating that it would be reviewing its future co-operation with the FIA for as long as Mosley remained in power. Mosley’s retention of power has caused even bigger stirrings in the Formula 1 world. As F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone continued with his anti-Mosley stance over the course of the last week, reports of a breakaway championship independent of FIA control have surfaced (see separate story.) While Mosley’s may have saved his job, it goes without saying that we have not heard the last from the fallout from his continued occupation of the FIA Presidency. Mosley wins vote and divides FIA HONDA Racing F1 Team CEO Nick Fry has confirmed that his team would support any movements towards the use of a 100 percent biofuel in Formula 1. The IndyCar Series currently uses eco- friendly ethanol, created by the fermentation of sugars. Zymase, an enzyme from yeast, changes the simple sugars into ethanol and carbon dioxide. Talk of F1 moving to ethanol use appeared over the Canadian Grand Prix weekend, when former World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi was quoted on-line as saying that F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone had already contacted Brazil’s number one ethanol producer about a potential future deal. “I think that we would be very supportive of such a move – however what we’d also need to do is make sure that the source of that bio- fuel was appropriate” Fry told GPWeek. “There’s been a lot of publicity around the world about using a grain which could be used for human food for biological fuels and clearly that’s an issue. We would need to make sure that the source of that fuel is from an area that couldn’t be used for anything else. “Where Emerson comes from in Brazil there are huge tracts of land which can be used for biofuels. Brazil is in a very good position and it’s something we’d be very interested in pursuing.” Fry confirmed that the technical implications of a switch to ethanol would be minimal, and would fit in with F1’s current move towards more eco-friendly technologies. “The technical implications of changing the fuel need to be investigated but it’s not that big a deal. From that side it’s not that much of an issue. “The bio content of the fuel we use [in 2008] has been discussed a lot of times. We just started this year with 6.75% and as far as the power output goes it’s made no difference to us. And in fact for most of the teams they’ve found an improvement.” Honda supportive of Ethanol switch 10