Formula One teams are so reluctant to be seen with Max Mosley that they are reportedly considering hiring 'paddock spotters' to warn them of his movements if, as expected, the disgraced FIA President appears at the forthcoming Monaco GP.
Mosley's return to the paddock - he hasn't attended a race since he was exposed in the News of the World allegedly taking part in a sordid sex session - threatens to overshadow the centrepiece of the Formula One season. While only a few teams have publicly called on Mosley, who faces a FIA hearing in Paris next month, to consider his position, they are all reportedly united in their reluctance to be seen in his company.
The Times claims that one team principal has told the newspaper that they 'will keep an eye on Mosley so they can avoid him and have even considered an informal scouting system around the Monte Carlo paddock to warn them of his presence. Another team source said almost all the teams were making preparations to avoid Mosley. The source, who added that "furtive conversations" on this issue between teams had taken place at Istanbul Park last weekend, said: "The safe majority of teams are considering what they should do about their important people in terms of interaction with the president of the FIA at Monaco."
While the farcical situation underlines the extent to which Mosley's position has become untentable, the man himself is said to be determined to attend the event, regardless of the furore it is bound to call. Aside from being the crown jewel of the F1 calendar, Monaco is also considered to be the most important commerical event of the year, with a host of high-profile and lucrative business deals conducted during F1's brief but glamorous stay in the principality.