Ecclestone - Max should quit

FIA Extraordinary General Assembly vote to take place on Tuesday

Bernie Ecclestone believes FIA president Max Mosley should stand down rather than face a vote of confidence at an extraordinary general meeting.

The 68-year-old Mosley has come under pressure in his role since the publication of allegations into his private life.

A number of the world's leading automobile clubs have written a letter, dated May 28, to the supremo asking him to resign.

An FIA Extraordinary General Assembly vote will take place in Paris on Tuesday to decide if he should carry on.

However, Formula One's commercial rights holder Ecclestone hopes he does not even get that far, imploring his good friend to step aside before the meeting takes place.

Last thing

"The last thing most people involved in the sport, including the clubs, would want to see is Max in a position where he could be forced to stand down," he told the Daily Telegraph.

"I don't want to see that. I've been a friend of Max for 40 years. I would hate to see him go in this way after all he has done for the sport.

"Max is a strong man. Once he makes a decision he sticks to it. He feels that there is still important work to do at the FIA.

"But in my view there is a way to accomplish this and retire at the end of the year at the FIA general assembly in November. I would be happy to sit at his side to help him to achieve that.

"He should stand down out of responsibility for the institution he represents, including F1."