If you were wondering who may be at the helm of the FIA for the next term, your questions may be answered as Jean Todt announced that he will stand for another term.
“Today I was proud to announce to all FIA club presidents my decision to run for a third presidential term at the FIA,” he wrote.
“A lot of people who voted for me are pushing me to go for another mandate,” he said.
“It is very important, because if I had a lot of resistance not to go for election, my decision would be much easier because I will then decide that I will go.
“As I get a lot of pressure, it will be a lot more difficult to resist, so I will take that into consideration with my choice.”
So it isn’t a case of his wanting to stand again but that he’s under tremendous pressure from motoring clubs around the globe to continue his role at FIA president. Has nothing to do with ambition or desire to retain the role so much as pressure from others that demands a mandate. Got it.
Time to start greasing the palms of backwater motoring clubs for votes I guess. Recall that a motoring club in Botswana has the same vote weight as ADAC or AAA with tens of thousands of members. This was the key to Todt’s initial victory as well as former president Max Mosely retaining his role after the sex scandal. One has to think that if Liberty Media wanted to exert their role and influence over regulations with Ross Brawn, Todt would be a good option as the two have a long history of working together at Ferrari.
Hat Tip: Autosport