I don't remember anybody moving from working as head of a team to working at FIA. Are there any cases?
Briatore, Todt, I don't think so.
Berger may be, but why would he want to?
From my point of view is like moving from CEO of Warner to White House press secretary. I wouldn't do it, but hey, maybe somebody is in F1 for the glory instead of for the money.
Yeah, sure.... glory instead of money. Specially Briatore.
The only "fool" with that attitude is Mosley, btw. Or so he says:
I have different objectives in life. What I do is more political. For Bernie, politics are a nuisance. The fact that some people in F1 make a fortune doesn't bother me. I am happy for them. For me it's important to say that the whole machine runs well. Money doesn't mean too much for me. I have inherited a little bit but I'm nothing like as rich as many of the F1 people.
Do you want some quotes from Mr. Ecclestone? Here I have some memorable ones.
"We are not 'a kind of Mafia. We are the Mafia!"
(referring to Mosley and himself).
"In Kyalami once, Colin Chapman told me that the McLaren front wing was illegal. We had a little argument with Teddy Mayer, who refused to change the wing. Finally Colin and I jumped on both sides of the wing and cracked it. We told Teddy, 'You see, it's not legal now.'
"I will run the show until I die, but I don't plan to die."
All the fuss about Mosley comes from the astonishing proposal that is in the desk of the FIA Council right now, if you believe today's news:
Mosley, who is trying to position himself as somebody whose continued presence is essential to the sport's wellbeing, seeks a fresh agreement under which the teams will share the majority of the race fees and two-thirds of the TV revenues. At present they get only 50 per cent of all revenues generated by the Formula One Group. Mosley's proposal would raise the figure closer to 75 per cent.
I don't think he's going to leave until that "small issue" is resolved.
Mosley vies for upper hand in F1's money wars
-- The Independent --
I've said many times that we will miss Mosley and Ecclestone. They're old, and once they leave, the sport will be run by faceless, slimy characters. I'd rather be under the rule of a feudal lord than under the rule a CEO (it's not like I like much any of them, but...).
My conclusion: Ecclestone bought Mosley back in the 80's. Somebody else has bought Mosley in the 2000's. My bet: Mateschitz/Murdoch did it.
Prepare yourselves for F1 only at Pay-Per-View... In the future, I expect some character like Don King, instead of the old greedy bastard of Ecclestone.