Jean Todt re-elected as FIA president

Jean Todt unanimously won a second term as president of

motorsports governing body FIA on Friday, running unopposed.

The Frenchman’s main rival, David Ward of Britain, pulled out of

the race last month because of a lack of backing.

Todt detailed the platform for his second mandate in a brochure

entitled ”The Road Forward.” It emphasized the creation of a

Motor Sport Development Fund, the growth of motorsports at the

grassroots level, and reducing carbon emissions at particular

racing events.

His campaign has been boosted by the completion in September of

a new Concorde Agreement, which sets the framework upon which

Formula One teams participate in the championships and share in its

commercial success from 2013-20.

Ward challenged Todt in front of FIA’s ethics committee in

September, claiming the Frenchman collected letters of support

before the election process started, but his complaint was thrown

out.

Four years ago, Todt beat Finnish candidate Ari Vatanen 135-49

to succeed Max Mosley, who stepped down after 16 years in

charge.

Todt is a former Ferrari principal who revived the fortunes of

the flagging Italian team. Under his guidance, Ferrari won six

straight constructors’ championships from 1999-2004.