Max Mosley is proving that he won't go down without a fight. Following the very damaging press releases made yesterday by BMW, Mercedes, Toyota and Honda calling for his resignation, he quickly responded.
“Given the history of BMW and Mercedes-Benz, particularly before and during the Second World War, I fully understand why they would wish to strongly distance themselves from what they rightly describe as the disgraceful content of these publications.”
“Unfortunately, they did not contact me before putting out their statement to ask whether the content was in fact true.”
Continuing his defiance, Mosley has now called an extraordinary general meeting of all motor racing governing bodies which will happen at the earliest opportunity, presumably to explain his actions and attempt to gather some kind of support. But given that there are 222 separate organisations, it will buy him some time to plan his next move while the meeting is orgainised.
However ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club) are not willing to wait by strongly urging the FIA President to "reconsider his role". This could prove to be a major blow considering this particular organisation is Europe's biggest automotive club with over 15 million members and could well be followed by further calls from other organisations.
UPDATE: Dutch motorsport federation has become the second organsation to come forward and have taken it one step further by directly calling for Mosley to quit. KNAF president Arie Ruitenbeek told the BBC: "Because of his high-profile position, this can't be accepted. I have not received my invitation yet (to the FIA meeting), but we will go and will vote for him to resign."