Former F1 boss Max Mosley dies, aged 81

Video report ITV News Correspondent Geraint Vincent

Max Mosley, former president of motor sports’ world governing body FIA, has died at the age of 81.

Announcing the former FIA president's death, ex-Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone said Mosley died on Sunday night.

Ecclestone paid tribute: “Max was like family to me. We were like brothers. I am pleased in a way because he suffered for too long.”

He told ITV News: "In lots and lots of ways, a lot of people are going to miss Max. Max, rest in peace. That's what you deserve, some peace."

Max Mosley who has died, ex-Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has announced. Credit: PA

He said Mosley, until his death, was campaigning that the "truth really came out, of all the stories that were being printed".

He said: "I really hope that people can remember Max for all the good things he's done, not only for motor sport but in general."

Mosley was born in London on April 13, 1940 and was the son of 1930s British fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley.

'Rest in peace,' ex-Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone paid tribute to Max Mosley

He won a privacy case against the defunct News of the World newspaper in 2008 after it printed photos and published video of his involvement in a sadomasochistic sex session.

The newspaper reported it as a “sick Nazi orgy” but in a judgement, Justice Eady found no evidence of Nazi themes.

The judge also said there was no public interest defence in the clandestine recording of the session.

Afterwards, he became a high-profile campaigner for strict press controls and stronger privacy laws.

Mosley became the president of the FIA, the governing body of F1, in 1993 after serving in administrative roles in motor sport, including within Formula One.

He served three terms as president and stood down in 2009.

The Williams Racing team tweeted: “We are saddened to learn of the passing of former FIA president, Max Mosley.

“Our condolences go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.”