Tuesday August 14th, 2001
Following accusations from McLaren boss Ron Dennis, who claimed the FIA "fails to demonstrate total impartiality and independence" when ruling the Formula One World Championship, the governing body's president Max Mosley has responded saying he is not biased.
"I don't really have a favourite team – I like to see Ferrari win but not too often, otherwise it gets bloody boring," Mosley told F1 Racing. "At the present time I want to see whichever team wins that allows the Championship to go down to the wire.
"What has been unfortunate is that there have been two occasions on which McLaren have come up with a technical device which we all thought was legal but which has subsequently been shown to be illegal. One was the brake steer and the other was the trick differential.
"I feel quite bad about that but I don't claim that we're infallible. I think of the 500 questions put to us we've got two of them wrong. You can't get everything right."
Mosley also claimed that the FIA are trying hard for Ferrari not to feel they receive a different treatment for not being British, in a sport where most teams and members are based in the UK.
"Imagine if all the teams bar two were based in Italy," he added. "And the head of the FIA was an Italian. And the man running the sport was an Italian. And the race director was Italian. And the FIA observer was Italian. Then the Brits would feel deeply paranoid that the Italians were getting together to shaft us.
"To me it was extremely important that the Italians should never feel that about us. I know that we are completely and absolutely neutral."
Published at 11:38:40 GMT