Max Mosley, Former FIA President & Global NCAP Chairman, Dies At 81

A controversial figure, Max Mosley served as the FIA President between 1993 and 2009 and was instrumental in vastly improving the safety standards in F1. He also led the charge in improving the safety of road-going cars as the Chairman of the Global NCAP.

By Sameer Contractor


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Published on May 25, 2021

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  • Max Mosley served as the FIA President between 1993 and 2009
  • Mosley was also chairman of the Global NCAP & worked towards safer cars
  • Mosley died at home in West London aged 81

Former President of Formula One's governing body, the FIA, Max Mosley has died at the age of 81. He was the youngest son of controversial British politician Oswald Mosley, founder of the British Union of Fascists, and Diana Mitford. Max is survived by his wife Jean Mosley. He began his motorsport career in the 1960s competing as a driver in Formula 2 and later went on to found the March Engineering team. He also dealt with legal matters for F1 teams as an advisor to the Formula One Constructors' Association (FOCA) in the late 1970s. He was appointed as the FIA President in 1993 and continued to hold on to the position till 2009.


Mosley was instrumental in improving the safety standards in F1 during his tenure, following the deaths of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. He also played an important role in drawing up the first version of the Concorde Agreement, which continues to form the basis of the newer contract agreements that bind the F1 teams to the championships.

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Max Mosley in attendance at the 2018 carandbike Auto Expo Excellence awards

At FOCA, Mosley closely worked with Bernie Ecclestone for decades, who would go on head F1 following his stepping down. The Brit though stepped down when stories about his sex life appeared in the British press. He later became a major campaigner for stronger celebrity privacy laws.


Max Mosley was also appointed the Chairman of the Global NCAP and played an important role in pushing the safety standards in road cars. He was instrumental in the 'Safer Cars For India' project that was a pivotal point in improving the safety standards on cars made and sold in India. Max Mosley has also attended carandbike's Auto Expo Excellence Awards in 2018.

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