Newly appointed FIA president Jean Todt has said that he is 'optimistic' things will improve in F1 in the coming years.

Todt, who was the favourite to replace Max Mosley, convincingly beat Ari Vatanen in Friday's election, with the Frenchman securing almost three times as many votes - 135 to the 49 for his rival.

Speaking in a news conference, after the verdict was confirmed, the former Ferrari F1 team boss added that he was delighted so many clubs voted for him.

"I like action, I like to make things go forward and I am really happy to see that so many countries chose me," he told Reuters. "But everything is yet to be done, in cooperation with all the clubs, to unify the FIA.

"The day the election is over, everybody must share the same goals including those who did not support me. I am not closing the door to anybody.

"I disagree with those who say everything should be changed. During the campaign, I spoke about constructive change and adaptation to the fact that things are different from what they were 10 years ago.

"We are facing a new crucial era for cars, the environment and global warming. And it has strong implications for motor racing.

"It is true to say that over the years, and not only the last two, a lot of problems have arisen but F1 remains one of the major sports.

"All the controversies have opened the eyes of people involved in this business and I am optimistic that things will improve."

Meanwhile Vatanen, a former European parliamentarian, who was campaigning for change and a new start, admitted that he was shocked he was beaten so badly.

"I did not expect that such a vast majority would vote for Jean Todt," he continued. "I thought that more people would vote for me but apparently the delegates felt the pressure.

"It's very hard to renew this regime. I hope that the FIA will become more democratic but so far it is just wishful thinking."


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