Max Mosley, the FIA president, sent a letter to all the FIA member clubs confirming he will not run for re-election in October. This is the part of the letter that should satisfy also FOTA:
“I began some months ago to rearrange my family life with effect from next October. I also informed senior FIA staff that I would not be a candidate. To continue now would greatly complicate my domestic arrangement and be inconsistent with my obligations to my family, particularly after our recent loss. Also, I have felt for some time that I would like to work less. After all, I will be 70 next year.
Therefore, with these new arrangements in place, extremely grateful though I am for all the letters, emails and messages I have received, I have decided to reconfirm my decision. I will not be a candidate in October.”
Mosley also for the first time made public whom he would like to see to take his place. No surprises here, it is Jean Todt.
“I believe the right person to head that team would be Jean Todt. Jean is unquestionably the outstanding motorsport manager of his generation and arguably of any generation.
If he agrees to stand, I think he would be the ideal person to continue but also to extend the work of the past 16 years. He can be relied on in all areas where the FIA is active. I very much hope you will give him your support.”
Not long ago John Howett said this on behalf of FOTA:
“We would like to see someone who actually is independent. Perhaps independent from any of us currently or historically.”
There are many people who could fit that description but the former Ferrari team boss is not one of them. At the end of the day however it is up to the FIA member clubs to decide, FOTA has no say at all in the FIA president selection process.
Well it looks like we may end up with Ari Vatanen running against his former rally team boss Jean Todt. That contest probably will not be decided by toss of a coin .
(In case you do not know the Vatanen, Ickx, Todt coin story, read here).
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