Analysing the FIA's new era

Analysing the FIA's new era

Jean Todt's victory in the FIA presidential election has been welcomed as a new dawn for the organisation. Dieter Rencken examines the challenges and tasks ahead for the governing body's new leader

In the end it was not the outcome of last Friday's FIA presidential elections that surprised the combined worlds of motoring and motorsport, but rather the margin by which Jean Todt vanquished Ari Vatanen.

Ahead of the most divisive ballot for many a decade – arguably, even, for the century the body has been in existence – many, including members of the media with access to both camps, Formula 1 personalities and motor club presidents, suggested it would be too close to call, making the 135:49 victory margin rather difficult to comprehend for some folk.

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