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Last Updated: Sunday, 6 March, 2005, 01:14 GMT
Stoddart calls for Mosley's head
Minardi boss Paul Stoddart
Stoddart has been the centre of attention in Australia
Minardi team owner Paul Stoddart has called for the resignation of motorsport boss Max Mosley following their row at the Australian Grand Prix.

Stoddart was angered by threats made by governing body the FIA, of which Mosley is president, to the race's future.

Stoddart, who is part of a campaign against Mosley's running of Formula One, said the threat was "pathetic".

"It's typical of the reason we're having these problems. He retired once in July and he needs to do it again."

That remark, made to the AAP agency, is a reference to Mosley's announcement last summer that he would step down in October 2004, a decision he reversed a few weeks later.

We are heading to the demise of F1 through too much pig-headed arrogance in all quarters to see the obvious
Paul Stoddart
Minardi boss

Stoddart warned that F1 was in danger of being ripped apart by the political battles between Mosley and most of the teams.

Seven of the 10 teams and five of the sport's major car manufacturers are extremely angry about Mosley's running of F1 and are demanding major changes to the way the sport is governed.

Stoddart told the Reuters news agency: "As far as I am concerned what we are doing here is rapidly pushing the F1 world championship to its destruction.

"The wounds are getting so deep now there is not going to be any healing.

"We are heading to the demise of F1 through our own bloody stupidity, too much pig-headed arrogance in all quarters to see the obvious."

The row came to a head at the Australian Grand Prix because of Minardi's attempt to race their 2004 cars.

Stoddart took that stance because he and many of the teams believe Mosley illegally imposed new rules on F1 last summer.

Minardi won an injunction in the high court of the state of Victoria to allow them to run the cars after FIA officials had declared them illegal.

The FIA responded by issuing a statement threatening the future of the Australian Grand Prix and the country's round of the world rally championship.

Stoddart described the FIA statement as "an ill-judged, ill-timed document which I believe was created to disrupt and discredit the Minardi F1 team, the Australian Grand Prix and me".

Stoddart withdrew his legal action against the FIA - but says he did so after he had been told by the governing body of the threat to the race.

He said that the political rows would become increasingly bitter in the forthcoming weeks.

"You've got to take it to the whole end now. Piece by piece the whole story is going to come out," said Stoddart.

"You've got the manufacturers - Max has completely alienated them - and they are going to go their own way.

"Now you've got someone like me who's getting pushed. I'm going to go that way now whereas before I was sitting on the fence."


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