London, May 24 (EFE).- The former president of the FIA Max Mosley has died at 81, former CEO of the Formula One Group Bernie Ecclestone said on Monday.
The Briton led a controversial tenure as the president of the Formula One governing body between 1993 and 2009, marked by numerous public confrontations with owners of racing teams.
Mosley pushed various reforms to ensure drivers’ safety after a deadly crash killed Brazilian Ayrton Senna in the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
He was involved with motorsport from a young age and raced as a Formula 2 driver for Brabham and Lotus. He retired in 1969.
Mosley was known for his campaign in defence of privacy against British tabloids, one of which released images of an orgy he participated in in 2008.
In a tweet, the Williams Racing F1 team said they were “saddened” by the news and sent condolences to friends and family.
Ferrari also shared its condolences on social media, evoking Mosley’s “immensely valuable contribution to improving safety in the sport.”
In a statement to the BBC, Ecclestone said: “He did a lot of good things not just for motorsport, also the [car] industry. He was very good in making sure people built cars that were safe,” adding that it was “like losing a brother.” EFE