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  • Petrus Petrus Jan 18, 2008 00:34 Flag

    Jackie v The Part-Time Amateur

    In a response to MM's outspoken criticism of him as a 'certifiable half-wit', Jackie Stewart has hit back in an altogether more professional manner regarding the man whose remarks he considers to be "Totally inappropriate from the president of the governing body of a major sporting organisation." While pointing out that "F1 is a very heavily capital invested sport," Sir Jackie pointedly stated his opinion that "The FIA have to headhunt a captain of industry and pay him accordingly to be an executive director or president who is NOT PART-TIME and NOT AN AMATEUR." Ouch! - I'll second that - Sir JS by a KO!!

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    • It upsets me to see Jackie Stewart being knocked by Max.
      Jackie Stewart is a gentleman who did and does a lot for the sport. He was and is respected by the teams and the fans.
      To be honest I can't think of anything that Max has done which has made the sport better, and I don't think anyone respects him.
      It's time for Max to give somebody else a go. I personally don't think it has to be a top manager. I think it's far more important that the person is respected by the teams and the fans.

      • 1 Reply to probablygraham
      • Jackie has given a lot to the sport, and so has Max, but in the same way it was time for Jean-Marie (who also gave hugely) to be replaced, so it is time for Max to go.

        Before we criticise someone we must think to ourselves - could I have done better? and if yes, why didnt I do the job instead?

        Credit where credit is due but change when it is time. The President is finished, long live the Le President.

    • Leaving aside the feeling that this is just another example of the press desperately seeking a sordid headline by pushing the personal abuse side of things....
      Yes, the FIA President should, ideally, be a professional & paid for doing his job. I`m not sure how the CEO-style salaries would sit with the non-profit making status, though.
      It could also be a strange suggestion amid the calls for cost-cutting. I wonder who would end up paying the salary?

      • 1 Reply to paddockbend
      • Many non-profit organisations - major charities for example - employ highly paid professional business people to drive the operation. In such cases even huge salaries and bonuses are miniscule in comparison to the overall turnover and to the extra value created by the professionals. Value being the key. If the value is there then the cost is neither prohibitive nor undesireable and a huge undertaking as is modern commercial Formula 1 needs proper professional management - that much is crystal clear to just about everyone except possibly the part-time amateur currently at the helm. But then by definition he'd be the last to know it anyway!