Todt leads race to succeed FIA's Mosley

Both Formula One powerbroker Bernie Ecclestone and outgoing FIA president Max Mosley have thrown their support behind former Ferrari boss Jean Todt’s bid to head the motorsport's governing body.


Jean Todt has emerged as the strong favourite to succeed Max Mosley at the head of motorsport's world governing body, the FIA.

Formula One powerbroker Bernie Ecclestone has thrown his support behind Todt and Mosley himself has endorsed the Frenchman's candidature. The 63-year-old Frenchman stands against Finland’s former rally champion Ari Vatanen in next month's election.

Todt sounded excited at the challenge ahead: “I already knew about the possibility of becoming involved with the FIA whenever Max Mosley decided to step down as president. And when he confirmed his decision to step down I thought that it could be an interesting challenge, an interesting engagement in a domain that I know well and that has always fascinated me."

Vatanen, a well-known rival

Todt knows Vatanen well from their spells in rallying. The Finn won the World Rally title and the Paris Dakar as a driver, before spending the last ten years as a member of the European Parliament in Brussels.

"He made a choice, we both made the same choice, we are both aiming for the presidency of the FIA and there will be only one winner. Right now for both of us it’s all about campaigning and trying to make sure that we come out on top in the vote on October 23", says Todt.

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