The Weekly Grapevine

The Weekly Grapevine

In our weekly rumour round-up, Dieter Rencken reports on the forthcoming political scrap between Ari Vatanen and Jean Todt for the presidency of the FIA

Two hats in the ring; both completely different in style and material. With first Ari Vatanen, then Jean Todt, having announced their candidacies for the FIA’s top job, the presidential elections at the General Assembly meeting in Paris on 23 October will be hotly contested for the first time since the FIA and its FISA sporting arm were amalgamated in 1993.

At the time Max Mosley, then boss of FISA, ‘persuaded’ incumbent FIA president Jean-Marie Balestre to stand down and head the FIA’s senate, at the time a new body formed within the FIA, to ensure even-handed governance of the motoring world’s controlling body.

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