Mosley became President of the FIA in 1993 and served four terms before stepping down in 2009.
His successor and current FIA President Jean Todt tweeted Monday: “Deeply saddened by the passing of Max Mosley. He was a major figure in @ F1 and motorsport. As President of @FIA for 16 years ago, he made a major contribution to improving safety on the track. & on the roads. The entire FIA community pays tribute to him. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family. “
“Everyone in Formula 1 is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Max Mosley. From team owner to FIA president, he has transformed our sport – and his legacy, especially when it comes to safety, will last for generations. Our hearts go out to his family and friends, ”Formula 1 tweeted on Monday.
The youngest son of Oswald Mosley, the leader of the British fascist movement in the 1930s, Mosley was a former racing driver and competed in over 40 UK national races in 1966 and 1967, winning 12.
He retired from driving in 1969 after two serious accidents, but founded March Engineering, a manufacturer of racing cars, with several colleagues.
March placed five cars in the 1970 Formula 1 season and finished third in the constructors’ championship that year. The team continued as a minor player until 1977.
Mosley’s position with March led to an invitation to meetings of the Grand Prix Builders Association.
In 1974 he helped create the new Formula 1 Constructors Association with Bernie Ecclestone and other leaders.
Mosley continued his involvement in motorsport into the 1980s, becoming chairman of the FISA Manufacturers’ Commission, which is part of the governing body of motorsport. He also founded Simtek, a company specializing in technical advice for racing.
Mosely also campaigned for tighter press regulations after UK News of the World ran an article in 2008 alleging he was involved in a sadomasochistic orgy with five prostitutes involving Nazi role-playing.
A UK court found there was no Nazi element in the incident and ordered the tabloid to pay damages to Mosley in the privacy case.
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