Emirati Mohamed Ben Sulayem replaces Jean Todt as FIA presidency

Emirati Mohammed Ben Sulayem, former rally driver, will replace Frenchman Jean Todt as president of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) during the next four years, after prevailing this Friday in the elections of the entity.

Mohammed Ben Sulayem, 60, received a support of 61.62% against 36.62% of his political adversary, the British Graham Stoker (69 years) and became the first non-European president to lead the FIA.

With experience in World Rally Championship and 14 titles on the Middle East circuit, the Emirati is president of the Abu Dhabi Motor Federation (known as EMSO) and one of the main managers of the F1 Grand Prix at Yas Marina.

Within the FIA, he was vice president of sport and member of the World Council between 2008 and 2013, and re-elected in 2017, among other charges. In his electoral list he included Fabiana Ecclestone, wife of Bernie -ex-director of F1- to exercise the sports vice-presidency in South America.

Among his government proposals stands out the imposed motorsports in countries such as China or India, the development of a platform so that young drivers can compete at lower costs and the appointment of a CEO to differentiate management from the presidency.

The French Todt, 75, former head of the Ferrari F1 team, retires from the FIA ​​after three consecutive terms.

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