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GP Week : Issue 59
Todt to meet F1 drivers FIA Presidential hopeful Jean Todt is to meet the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association at a forthcoming Grand Prix, at the invitation of the F1 drivers’ group themselves. “The GPDA have invited me to meet with them and I am very pleased to accept their invitation,” he said. “I look forward to the opportunity to talk with them when I visit a forthcoming Grand Prix. “I’m confident that all drivers, from F1 as well as other motor sport disciplines, will cooperate in this spirit of teamwork and build on the outstanding contributions many of them have already made to the work of the FIA, FIA Institute and FIA Foundation, whether on the track or on the road.” Todt has said that his intention, if elected President of the FIA, is to act as a manager of the body rather than allowing himself to become too embroiled in the politics. “I am more of a manager than a politician, and my defining characteristic is to encourage and ensure teamwork. That is what I have tried to do throughout my career and it has been the reason for the success that I have achieved in a number of motor sport disciplines. The FIA is a highly complex organisation and I think my management experience and skills will offer something new and unique to the FIA’s membership.” Todt has said that he would wish to be an impartial President in relation to the Formula 1 teams, and has stated that the FIA’s focus must not rest solely on F1. Vatanen names FIA cabinet ARI Vatanen has named his running-mates for the October 23 FIA Presidential Election. Vatanen, whose rival Jean Todt has already announced his proposed cabinet and manifesto, has named Spain’s Fernando Falco y Fernandez de Cordova as his candidate for President of the FIA Senate. As Deputy President for Sport, Vatanen has proposed Gemany’s Hermann Tomczyk while Singapore’s Bernard Tay has been named as Vatanen’s Deputy President for Mobility. “These cabinet members all have a long and proven track record in the FIA and in their respective countries,” Vatanen said. “Together with them, we can bring about the necessary changes to make the FIA more transparent, more efficient and more effective and to increase the benefit for its members. Now, it is time for change and together we can achieve this.” ADVERTISE in GPWEEK to access a HUGE global audience 10