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DECEMBER 18, 2000

Mosley unhappy with Raikkonen's superlicence success

MAX MOSLEY, the president of Formula One's governing body the FIA, has expressed his fears over the granting of a superlicence to Kimi Raikkonen.

The Finnish driver was granted the licence and will now drive for Sauber next year after 24 members of the Formula One Commission voted in favor of the idea on December 7, with Mosley being the only exception.

"Unfortunately the F1 commission doesn't always do as I tell them, despite speculation to the contrary," said Mosley.

"I do not believe that they adopted a defensible position in giving an inexperienced driver like Raikkonen a licence. It is quite wrong given that we have strict criteria for graduation into F1."

Mosley feels that Raikkonen could suffer from a lack of experience as he has only driven in 23 races since he graduated from karting. Mosley also believes that the blame will be put solely on his shoulders if anything were to go wrong.

He added: "When there is a major accident caused by the presence of very inexperienced drivers in F1, I'm the one who will have to explain it to the world's media and television cameras."