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GP Week : Issue 60
Todt/Vatanen battle heats up THE battle for the FIA Presidency got serious over the European Grand Prix weekend, as Ari Vatanen unveiled his election manifesto and Jean Todt revealed his supporters. “One of the first steps is to appoint a small working group of respected FIA leaders both from Mobility and Motor Sport to review the structure and operations of the FIA,” Vatanen wrote in a letter to the FIA clubs. “The group will recommend the changes required to ensure the long term viability of the Federation and its clubs. My goal is to give the clubs a much stronger voice in the decisions we make at the FIA.” Vatanen also unveiled his vision for a more globally minded FIA, paying particular reference to the support he aimed to give the emerging motorsport nations. “The FIA has accomplished excellent things over the past few decades, notably in safety. While we redouble our efforts to render F1, rallying and other championships more attractive, we must pay special attention to the countries where the sport is still in its early stages.” While Vatanen’s manifesto talks of change and widening the reach of the FIA and its global responsibilities both in the spheres of sport and mobility, Todt announced his campaign supporters, many of whom have links with the current President Max Mosley. Todt has announced support from Automobile Club de Monaco President Michel Boeri, who had been rumoured to have been considering launching his own FIA Presidential bid. The former Ferrari F1 boss is also being supported by familiar names Morrie Chandler (MotorSport New Zealand), Garry Connelly, (Confederation Of Australian Motor Sport), Nicolas Deschaux (FFSA), Carlos Gracia, (Real Federación Española de Automovilismo), Derek Ledger (Royal Automobile Club of Jordan), Radovan Novak, (Autoclub Of The Czech Republic), Mohamed ben Sulayem (Automobile and Touring Club for United Arab Emirates), Surinder Thatthi, (Kenya Motor Sports Federation) and the first F1 Team boss to voice his support for either candidate, Vijay Mallya (Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India). With Todt already being labelled as “Mini Max” in some areas of political and sporting influence in the motoring world, Vatanen hopes that his manifesto will appeal to those disillusioned with the current regime which he believes will only be continued under the Frenchman’s rule. “In a rapidly changing world we cannot afford to continue with “business as usual”,” the Finn’s manifesto says. “I need your help to bring about this much needed change.” ADVERTISE in GPWEEK to access a HUGE global audience CLICK here for more info