Mohamed Ben Sulayem replaces Jean Todt as FIA President

The FIA ​​held the presidential elections this Friday during its General Assembly held in Paris and the victor, as expected by most of the motorsport classes, is the Emirati Mohammed Ben Sulayem, 60 years old. The other candidate was Britain’s Graham Stoker. Former rally driver with World Championship experience and 14 Middle East rally championship titles, is one of the most relevant figures of ‘motorsport’ in the Gulf region with positions of responsibility in the Abu Dhabi GP or the FIA ​​itself in recent years.

He studied Business at the Universities of Washington and Ulster (UK). He 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, which recently renewed for ten more years on the calendar. 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 positions. Their electoral list includes Carmelo Sanz de Barros, president of RACE, as president of the senate; Y Manuel Avino, current president of the Spanish RFEdA, as a candidate for sports vice president in Europe. Too Fabiana Ecclestone, Bernie’s wife, to hold the same position in South America.

Ben Sulayem is the first non-European president of the FIA. Among its plans, to promote motorsport in countries such as China or India, develop a platform so that young drivers can compete with contained costs, either on the track or ‘off-road’, and appoint a CEO at the head of the FIA ​​to distinguish the management of the presidency. He succeeds Jean Todt, 75-year-old Frenchman who before joining the organization was in charge of the competition departments of Peugeot or Ferrari. There has been speculation in recent weeks with a possible return of Todt to Maranello in an advisory capacity.

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