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#1 Lazarus II

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Posted 30 July 2009 - 21:55

http://formulaone.bl...tone-interview/

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#2 Viktor

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 06:22

Thanks :up:

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#3 Calorus

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 06:42

Colin Chapman (My personal hero). A shit sight better comment than Adolf Hitler.

#4 JensonF1

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 08:34

Great interview. What stands out is his bullet proof defence of my friend Max.

"What happened last year, we had a bit of a problem he had…. The manufacturers and sponsors said to me, you know, Max is not the ideal guy to have as representing the FIA. Doesn’t look good. I said, “You know, what people privately do, they do it in private it’s nothing to do with….” “No, no, no, you’ve got to tell him to stand down.” Because I was close enough with him to tell him, “I think Max you should stand down.” And in the meantime, he didn’t.
And in the meantime he went to the general assembly of the FIA for a vote of confidence. And he got the vote of confidence. So he didn’t stand down. And that’s it. In fact, I apologized to him. I said, “You know, we’ve been mates for a long, long time. And go back a long time together. And perhaps I shouldn’t have been against you, maybe I should have been supporting you rather than saying the opposite. But I was pushed a little bit into doing that. And that’s why it happened.”

And Bernie's critisism of democracy is spot on. Dictators have a bad wrap, as he puts it, because they terrorise people. Well, that's not what a good leader should do - dictate by fear. They should dictate as an example of goodness, of doing their job well. That is what Bernie does. As for democracy, does anyone in their right mind really thinks that now we're resigned to the TORIES being elected in the UK, and have a false choice between them and Gordon The Great, that this is democracy in full swing? I'd have dumped the lot of them - but it won't happen. Democracy is flawed sometimes.

On getting the teams to agree and sign the Concorde:

"Well this is a big problem now. We have been two and a half years, or three years trying to sign this document. In the meantime there has been a void and Max has had to make decisions which should have been made by the people who are involved. And that is what has caused the trouble."

Spot on.

#5 Greem

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 08:59

Incredible. For once, Bernie doesn't sound like a bumbling fool. Although he was speaking to the New York Times, and the market for that paper is going to be a lot less tolerant than many in, say, Western Europe are of controversial remarks of the type Bernie likes to put out occasionally.

#6 JensonF1

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 14:55

News just in: Bernie isn't a fool. Although I knew this all along I wouldn't go so far as displaying the kind of man love Eddie Jordan does.

#7 miniman

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 15:49

Bernie is no fool, fools are the fans who trust or agree with every word he utters.

#8 thisismoto

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 21:12

Everyone has said it before but thanks for the post. that was a good find

#9 Lazarus II

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 23:36

Great interview. What stands out is his bullet proof defence of my friend Max.

"What happened last year, we had a bit of a problem he had…. The manufacturers and sponsors said to me, you know, Max is not the ideal guy to have as representing the FIA. Doesn’t look good. I said, “You know, what people privately do, they do it in private it’s nothing to do with….” “No, no, no, you’ve got to tell him to stand down.” Because I was close enough with him to tell him, “I think Max you should stand down.” And in the meantime, he didn’t.
And in the meantime he went to the general assembly of the FIA for a vote of confidence. And he got the vote of confidence. So he didn’t stand down. And that’s it. In fact, I apologized to him. I said, “You know, we’ve been mates for a long, long time. And go back a long time together. And perhaps I shouldn’t have been against you, maybe I should have been supporting you rather than saying the opposite. But I was pushed a little bit into doing that. And that’s why it happened.”

And Bernie's critisism of democracy is spot on. Dictators have a bad wrap, as he puts it, because they terrorise people. Well, that's not what a good leader should do - dictate by fear. They should dictate as an example of goodness, of doing their job well. That is what Bernie does. As for democracy, does anyone in their right mind really thinks that now we're resigned to the TORIES being elected in the UK, and have a false choice between them and Gordon The Great, that this is democracy in full swing? I'd have dumped the lot of them - but it won't happen. Democracy is flawed sometimes.

On getting the teams to agree and sign the Concorde:

"Well this is a big problem now. We have been two and a half years, or three years trying to sign this document. In the meantime there has been a void and Max has had to make decisions which should have been made by the people who are involved. And that is what has caused the trouble."

Spot on.

Whether you agree or disagree with the way F1 is run by Mosley, these latest events are indefensible... and I completely reverse my support of Mosley.

Who wrote that :confused:

#10 Dragonfly

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 23:38

Look at my signature :)