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Todt set to retain FIA presidency

  • Published on 23 Nov 2017 12:47
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Jean Todt is likely to remain as president of the FIA after no other candidates put their name forward for the upcoming election. November 17 was the deadline for nominees to declare an interest, however it has emerged that Todt is unopposed.

The Frenchman has been the boss of Formula 1's governing body since 2009, and is now set to keep his presidential status until 2021. In early December, the FIA General Assembly will clarify the situation, where it is expected that Todt will remain in office.

"A lot of people who voted for me are pushing me to go for another mandate," the 71-year-old said in May. "It is very important, because if I had a lot of resistance not to go for the election, my decision would be much easier, because I would then decide that I will go."

If he stays on, it will be the former general manager of Ferrari's final term as president, as he will have served a maximum of three four-year terms. Todt was last re-elected in 2013.

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  • I dont know if its a good thing, and honestly I dont know if it matters. Either way, Todt doesnt seem to be very interested in F1 itself, and that is a bit concerning, especially since he is the head of the FIA.

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    • Nov 23 2017 - 12:58
    • mbmwe36

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      I initially had high hopes for him in that spot. But like you, I too get the impression that he neither cares (about F1) nor really matters.

      BTW he's 71! What is it with these old men clinging to their seats in F1 and FIA?!

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      • Nov 23 2017 - 13:32
    • Same here, I've defended his reasoning here multiple times, yet it seems like I was a bit too optimistic. :/ Money, mate. Once you get the taste of that kind of money, you'll never have enough of it. A position like being the president of the FIA, the CEO of Disney, or being a high ranking guy in the EU or UN, thats basically money for nothing.

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      • Nov 23 2017 - 15:45
  • samuelw

    Posts: 21

    about time FIA had a clear out and got someone new in..
    JT has been a not very good president pandering to the manufacturers

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    • Nov 23 2017 - 14:08

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