The former head of Formula 1 racing Max Mosley died on Monday at the age of 81, as reported by The Sun newspaper. Mosley, the youngest son of Oswald Mosley, leader of the British fascist movement in the 1930s, was a racing driver and lawyer before becoming president of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), the governing body of Formula 1, in 1993. In 2009 he said goodbye to Formula 1 after being accused by the press of participating in “Nazi orgies”.
Paying tribute to his longtime friend, former F1 director Bernie Ecclestone said: “Max was like family to me. We were like brothers. I am satisfied in a way because he suffered for too long.
Mosley is also known for winning a privacy case against the News of the World newspaper in 2008 after the newspaper said he had participated in a “Nazi orgy.” The judge found no evidence of racism and agreed with the leader. However, the news left his image very touched and was one of the triggers for his exit from Formula 1 the following year. Following his departure, he dedicated himself to providing financial support for the plaintiffs’ court costs in newspaper phone hacking cases.