Apr.7 (GMM) Sir Jackie Stewart has contradicted suggestions that his relentless opposition to embattled FIA president Max Mosley is a tilt for the top job.
The former triple world champion, who has a running dispute with 67-year-old Mosley, is leading calls for the Briton's resignation over the current sex scandal.
But to the Daily Telegraph, Stewart, a Scot, denies that he is putting himself forward as a possible successor to the beleaguered Briton.
Rather, 68-year-old Stewart believes no former drivers or team principals are well enough qualified for the role."I believe it can't be someone from within the sport. It needs to be a captain of industry, a CEO of standing, man or woman," he said, despite admitting a number of approaches from those who believe he should take on the job.
"But this cannot be a racing driver," Stewart insisted. "I don't care who he is, how many championships he has won. No racing driver I know of is well enough prepared to take on that job.
"It needs to be someone who is expert in economics and business structures. It cannot be a retiring team owner or team principal. The alignments are all wrong," he added.