Frank Williams has issued an announcement following the information that former FIA President, Max Mosley has handed away.
It’s with nice unhappiness that I replicate on the passing of Max Mosley, aged 81. Max had a profound impression on the broader world of motorsport, however on a private degree performed an integral position in serving to set up the foundations for the Williams group. He was a wise, proficient man and his loss can be felt deeply by all those that knew him.
I first met Max again within the 1960’s when he entered the world of motorsport as a driver. I ready his automobile in Components Two and, while he was by no means the quickest driver on the grid, he was all the time clever behind the wheel. After retiring from driving, I continued to work with Max by means of his March Engineering enterprise, working buyer vehicles within the early 1970’s below the Frank Williams Racing Automobiles banner. I’d return to working a March chassis having based Williams Grand Prix Engineering in 1977, with Patrick Neve taking the group’s first begin on the Spanish Grand Prix that yr.
Max’s passing is especially poignant for me given the position he performed within the origins of Williams Racing, because the group celebrated its 750th Grand Prix final weekend in Monaco. It’s honest to say that the group wouldn’t have achieved what it has achieved if it weren’t for the help Max gave in these early days, and I’ll perpetually be grateful to him for that.
Regardless of his success as a chassis builder, Max’s political acumen was all the time clear and I had each confidence within the creation of The Components One Constructors’ Affiliation (FOCA) in 1974, with Max, myself, Bernie Ecclestone, Colin Chapman, Teddy Mayer, and Ken Tyrrell being founding members.
This political ability led to Max having a profound impression on not solely F1 however motorsport and street security, in his position as president of the FIA.
As a group proprietor, I had many dealings with him on this place and while we didn’t all the time see eye-to-eye on each difficulty, he was all the time keen to have a frank dialog and trade of views. He led the game into a brand new period throughout this era, one characterised by improved security and technological innovation, and for that he’ll all the time be remembered fondly.
My ideas, and people of the Williams household, exit to his household and pals at this difficult time.