In any major sporting industry like Formula One there is a certain amount of public pressure to win, which is certainly understandable. However every now and then other issues rear up and the thrill of competition is replaced by something a little darker, and the press is sometimes at the center of that controversy. As former FIA President Max Mosley knows when it comes to handling issues like safety and press interference, sometimes a group of decision makers needs to be consulted. Not only can an impartial group of people produce a reasonable solution, but often serious situations can be headed off before they do serious damage.
Since Mosley has years of experience as Formula One boss on his resume, he is uniquely qualified to make suggestions concerning any topic related to the sport. While the same can be said of any executive that has serious exposure to the everyday operations of an industry, a sport regularly in the public view, like Formula One, poses significant opportunities. Safety is something that every race car driver and owner takes to the heart, and crashing is an inevitable part of pushing the limits of man and machine. Mosley understands that, and has tried to bring others on board to the school of thought concerning figuring out why the cars are crashing.
When a former industry head takes the time to single out press interference, there is a good chance the problem is more serious than any fan realizes. That problem has only been exacerbated by the twenty-four news coverage and social media bombardment that everyone seems to embrace these days. Sooner or later, a media company is going to cross the line. The goal would be that no driver or team pays the price for careless journalism. Again, safety is a prime concern, which is what everyone needs to understand.
The big point that needs to be emphasized is that former leaders have some expertise in what is happening in a sport. When experienced leaders take the time to speak up and draw attention to a situation, there is a pretty good chance that the particular situation needs to be rectified. Mosley has done what he can, and the power now shifts to the current people in charge. That experience speaks volumes about what is happening, and with any luck the people in control of FIA are listening to the opinions of the qualified people involved.