Max Mosley: Former F1 boss shot himself after learning he had just weeks to live, inquest told

Former Formula 1 boss Max Mosley
Formula One Motor Racing – Monaco Grand Prix – Race – Circuit de Monaco Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

Former F1 boss Max Mosley shot himself after being told he had just weeks to live, an inquest has heard.

The 81-year-old was in "debilitating pain" when he took his own life at his London home last May after learning he likely had a “very limited life expectancy”, Westminster Coroner’s Court heard.

Evidence at the inquest on Tuesday revealed Mr Mosley had contacted his personal assistant the night before he was found dead to tell him about his decision to kill himself.

Mr Mosley could not be persuaded and had formed a “settled intent”, the court heard.

He was then said to have had a last meal with his wife and written a suicide note, which was found the following day.

Max Mosley seen arriving in the paddock before the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Northamptonshire Credit: Martin Rickett/PA

Senior Coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox recorded a conclusion of suicide, saying she was “satisfied” Mr Mosley intended to kill himself.

She added: “I am also entirely satisfied Mr Mosley would not have undertaken this action but for the distressing and debilitating terminal lymphoma.”

The court heard how Mr Mosley developed diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, a cancer affecting immune cells, in 2019 and “explored all treatment options”.

However, despite the efforts of doctors, none were successful and he had been moved on to palliative care.

Dr Wilcox recorded a cause of death as a gunshot wound, adding that the cancer was a contributing factor.

Concluding the hearing, she said Mr Mosley was a “remarkable man”, and added: “I would like to pass my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr Mosley.

“I wish you all well.”

The inquest also heard from Mr Mosley’s relatives that he felt his biggest achievement as president of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) – the governing body for F1 racing and non-profit representing motoring interests worldwide – was “the promotion of road safety” and “green technology in F1”.