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GP Week : Issue 192
contract Monaco Singapore Abu Dhabi Austin 24/25/26 May 21 / 22 September 1 / 3 November 15/16/17 November AMBER LOUNGE THE ULTIMATE VIP GRAND PRIX EXPERIENCE 2013 CELEBRATING 10 YEARS VIP Parties Fashion Shows Dining Hospitality Live Acts BlackBook-210x282.indd 1 01/03/2013 17:52 F1 >>> nEWs TODT FIA CAMpAIgN gETs uNDER WAY FIA president Jean Todt has published a progress report highlighting the achievements of his presidency as he gears up for what is set to be a bruising re-election battle against former ally David Ward. The eight-page document, titled ‘A Journey in Progress’, is the first move from the Todt camp in the 2014 elections, and is more a summary of the Frenchman’s achievements in his first four years in of fice than a manifesto laying out his plans should he be re-elected. Ward, on the other hand, has already published a manifesto called ‘An Agenda for Change’, which is focussed on strengthening “the effectiveness, transparency, and accountability of the FIA so that it can better ser ve the interests of its membership,” and has already thrown the first punches in the campaign, pointing the finger at Todt for misusing FIA resources to garner support for his re-election bid, an accusation Todt denies. Todt’s presidency has been relatively low-profile compared to predecessor Max Moseley’s 16 years in office. The Frenchman – who led Ferrari during the all-conquering Michael Schumacher years – has actively shunned the glamour of Formula One, choosing to travel to such far-flung places as Kazakhstan, Iraq, and Syria to deliver on pre-election promises to visit all countries which host an FIA member club rather than be seen rubbing shoulders with celebrities ever y other Sunday on the grid. But despite his low-profile approach, the FIA has gained in standing globally thanks to the work Todt has done to link the governing body’s Action for Road Safety campaign with the United Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety. Under his watch, the FIA has also received full recognition from the International Olympic Committee and negotiated a pact governing the implementation of the long-delayed Concorde Agreement, securing significantly more financial firepower in the process. For the moment Todt is thought to be waiting to see whether any other contenders for the presidency emerge before laying out his agenda amid reports that Mohammed bin Sulayem, president of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, was preparing his candidacy at a time when the Middle East is taking on an increasingly higher profile in global motorsport. Bin Sulayem was expected to announce his candidacy this week, and his lack of an announcement so far has puz zled some obser vers. Nasser bin Khalifa Al Attiyah, president of the FIA’s Cross Country Commission and of Qatar’s powerful Motor and Motor Cycle Federation, gave his full support to Todt two weeks ago, and the regional backing Al Attiyah brings with him is thought to have contributed to the delay to bin Sulayem’s declaration. “Shortly, Jean Todt and his team will reveal more details of their plans for the future,” reads a statement on Todt’s official website, indicating that the current review document is simply a prelude to a more detailed manifesto. “T he path to renewal has been navigated, now it’s time to move forward.” 9 GPWEEK.com // 9 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: