He did say it in a televised interview, lets hope its true and whoever takes over isn't quite as biased. Did anyone who saw it notice that he had a model Ferrari F1 car behind him? Wonder which of the FIat gave him that present?
Poor Max von Mosely, hates the idea about F1 being able to carry on in his absence so tries to create uncertainty and discord during his swan song.
Of course we all believe the Ferrari in the background was a genuine mistake, and that the current banking crunch will make car manufacturers want to disappear entirely from the racing world.....
I seem to remember the slumpflation of the 70's and 80's failed to stop F1. The teams can survive if funding is shared evenly, technological development is shared (in retrospect to allow at least one season advantage), and we stop raising the bar with regard to circuits.
The fans will always be there, the manufacturers will always want to develop their road cars - we'll just be rid of doddering old profiteers.