Former Ferrari boss comfortably beats Ari Vatanen
23 October 2009

Jean Todt is the new FIA president after comfortably winning Friday's election in Paris.

The former Ferrari team principal had been up against former world rally Ari Vatanen for the top job within motor racing's governing body.

Todt got 135 votes compared to Vatanen's 35. There were 12 abstentions or invalid votes.

The entire voting procedure was supervised by an external Huissier de Justice, the French state-appointed public witness.

The victory means he will succeed outgoing president Max Mosley, who made it clear from the outset that he wanted Todt to win the vote.

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23 October 2009

Presumably the new head of the FIA, with his looks, will engage in rather more Napolean Bonaparte based pastimes than Adolf Hitler style games.

Closed shop??? Who said that?

jer

23 October 2009

Not that JT is not a good man but is this an oportunity missed to select an outsider without the baggage of running for a decade one of the leading teams that he will now be expected to govern impartially? No conflict of interest there then.

23 October 2009

I would have liked Vatanen to win, as there would be presumably more focus on rallying, which has been neglected by FIA for many years.

23 October 2009

My heart said Ari but my head says Todt will do a good job. Clearly the job is not all about F1 and a focus on Rallying would have been nice, but I suspect Jean Todt will do a good job and be best equipped in the shop window of F1 to represent the FIA effectively.

23 October 2009

I'm sort of agree with Jer, yes an outsider, but who?,Damon Hill perhaps, retired some time ago, how about Martin Brundle or a wild card, Eddie Jordan, now that would be controversial wouldn't it?

Peter Cavellini.

23 October 2009

Don't forget that Jean himself was involved in rallying for a number of years with Peugeot.

23 October 2009

[quote ManUni07]

Don't forget that Jean himself was involved in rallying for a number of years with Peugeot.

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a good point and one that further advances his qualification for the role. I think the right man got the job, even thoughI like Ari and respect him greatly.

23 October 2009

If this guy can get Michelle Yeoh to marry him then there is hope for us all!

23 October 2009

FIA....Ferrari International Assistance. Old, but now valid.....

23 October 2009

Todt son is Massa's manager.Which doesn't seem right somehow now Jean is head of the FIA.

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