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FIA Elects New President

by F1Fan on October 23, 2009

The race between Ari Vatanen and Jean Todt to become the next president of the FIA has ended in an overwhelming vote in favor of Jean Todt.

Final tally of the votes cast for President were:
Jean Todt: 135
Ari Vatanen: 40
Abstentions/Invalid Votes: 12

Jean Todt will serve a four year term as President of the FIA replacing the somewhat controversial figure of Max Mosely.

The Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) has already gone on record congratulating Jean Todt on his victory in the FIA elections.

No doubt happy to see the back of Max Mosely whose controversial reign at the FIA almost split Formula One apart earlier this year, FOTA Chairman Luca di Montezemolo welcomed the new FIA president:

“I would like to send my best wishes to Jean Todt in his new role, as I have always appreciated his ability, dedication and commitment. I am sure that, under his guidance, the Federation will be rejuvenated and will restore a climate open to dialogue and constructive collaboration with the teams and FOTA, thus ensuring stability of the regulations and the whole environment”.

The FOCA Chairman went on to give his view of the challenge that lays ahead for Formula One and John Todt:

“Formula One is about to embark on a new phase: all the stakeholders must work together with an eye to the future, to increase the credibility and interest generated by this sport, tackling the technical and environmental challenges that await it, while keeping unchanged, those characteristics that have made it one of the most popular disciplines on the world stage”.

Those of you who are already Formula One fans will most likely recognize John Todt as the former long time Ferrari Team Principal credited with making Scuderia Ferrari the powerhouse in Formula One team it has become, winning 8 Constructors championships during his 15 year tenure with the team.

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