Former FIA boss Max Mosley’s story is being told in a new feature-length
documentary, entitled Mosley: It’s Complicated. Arriving in
cinemas from 9th July and DVD, Blu-ray and digital from 19th July,Mosley: It’s Complicated is directed by Michael Shevloff ( Top Gear USA, 1: Life on The Limit). The film charts
Mosley’s unusual upbringing, success in grand prix racing and influence in
road safety, through to personal scandal and his landmark victory over the
News of the World.
Mosley has cooperated with the filmmakers, but this is not an authorised
In addition to the man in question, interviewees include Bernie Ecclestone,
Flavio Briatore, Gerhard Berger, Jean Todt, Robin Herd, Adam Parr, John
Watson, and fellow activist for UK press regulation, Hugh Grant.
“Max, he has an excellent engine,” says former Ferrari team
principal Marco Piccinini, in terms petrolheads will understand. “
His brain, it has the most powerful acceleration… but some problem with
Unable to enter politics because of his parents personal and political
associations (Max’s parents were married on Joseph Goebbels’ estate with
Hitler as a guest of honour, while his father, Oswald, was also leader of
the British Union of Facists), Max fought to make his own way. He became a
racing driver, established his own successful Formula One team, March
Engineering. Then, together with Bernie Ecclestone, he wrestled control of
the sport from the governing body on behalf of the constructors and turned
it into the most lucrative sport in the world.
As president of the FIA, he went on to oversee vast strides in car safety
on and off the track, saving an inestimable number of lives. “Max Mosley
was a forerunner in making motor racing a laboratory for road safety and
the environment,” notes his successor as FIA president, Jean Todt.
The documentary covers pivotal moments such as the deaths of Jim Clark,
Roger Williamson and Ayrton Senna, as well as the 2005 Indianapolis tyre
debacle and the McLaren ‘Spygate’ drama, about which he has some rather
brutal words for Ron Dennis.