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Stewart: Formula One needs Mosley to go

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By CNN's Glen Scanlon
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- Formula One boss Max Mosley needs to go and an executive from outside the sport appointed to lead it into the future, racing legend Jackie Stewart says.

Racing legend Jackie Stewart believes Formula One needs a new leader from outside the sport.

Stewart, a Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) ambassador for the sport, reiterated his belief that Mosley should have stepped down from the FIA after the UK's News of the World newspaper reported he had been in a orgy with Nazi overtones.

"The FIA and Max Mosley problem is very, very unfortunate," Stewart told CNN.

The former world champion said Mosley, who held on to his role as the FIA's president -- Formula One's governing body -- after a confidence vote last month, was no longer in a position to lead the sport into the future.

Stewart said the Mosley scandal had brought the sport into "disrepute" and "good judgment and taste" personally, or from the FIA's representatives, should have seen him resign.

"We [the sport] are putting ourselves up as clay pigeons with the public and sponsors."

He believed the problems now besetting Formula One, which see Mosley and F1 rightsholder Bernie Ecclestone lining up against each other to fight for control of the sport, began when the FIA fined McLaren $100 million last season for holding Ferrari technical data.

"It was an extreme penalty and attracted negative publicity. Any sport that can pay a $100 million fine doesn't sit well with the public."

Stewart said he hoped Mosley and Ecclestone could work together for the sport's benefit, but still believed Mosley should go.

"I think the FIA body should govern the sport but Max is not the person to do that.

"I believe you should go out and headhunt a new CEO, not someone from the sport, that can put together a proper structure."

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Last week the FIA issued a clear threat to Ecclestone's control of the sport's financial wealth by suggesting a host of changes.

The FIA said it was going to review the sport's governance and consult the teams on changes to its management.

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