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GP Week : Issue 56
Vatanen close to announcing cabinet FIA Presidential candidate Ari Vatanen is close to announcing his running-mates and proposed cabinet. As part of the conditions of application for the FIA Presidency, a candidate must name a list of the 22-member cabinet who will adopt the most important positions in the FIA should he win the October election. “I had to come out in the open daylight somewhat early,” he admitted to GPWeek in relation the announcement of his candidacy. “I had to be the first while there was a vacuum, so I knew there would be a delay between that moment and naming a cabinet. But it won’t be long now.” Vatanen admitted that a man high on his list of dream running mates was former Indian Federation President Vicky Chandhok, who ruled himself out of running for the Presidency himself just last week. “Yes definitely, oh yes, of course,” he replied when asked if he would like to see Chandhok on his team. “We need to look at the new continents, we have to look at who has been in power up to know and you need to bring in new people. You need to bring people who give a feeling to the members of this incredible family that they have not been neglected, they have not been forgotten again and people obviously need to have fair representation from mobility, sport and the various continents. “We cannot just run it or have it dictated by the big countries alone, definitely not. India is big and is a new country. It’s the biggest democracy in the world so they definitely need representation and it’s the same for Africa. Sporting-wise there’s not a lot happening but what about mobility-wise? “The FIA has to defend road transport to ensure that it is treated on an equal footing and on a level playing field, on the highest political decision making level and that will benefit rich countries but particularly the poorer continents such as Africa. “There are many interesting issues from fixing the potholes in African roads to fixing the potholes in Formula 1.”