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F1 will thrive now, says Todt

Delight for Jean Todt as he wins FIA presidential election; despair for Ari Vatanen.
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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FIA Trucks, Turkish F1, Istanbul Park, 5th-7th June, 2009
Max Mosley (GBR) President Of The FIA, British F1, Silverstone, 19th-21st, June, 2009
Ari Vatanen (FIN), German F1 Grand Prix, Nurburgring, 10-12th, July 2009
28.07.2006 Hockenheim, Germany, Jean Todt (FRA), Scuderia Ferrari, Teamchief, General Manager, Team Principal - Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 12, German Grand Prix, Friday Practice
29.07.2006 Hockenheim, Germany, Jean Todt (FRA), Scuderia Ferrari, Teamchief, General Manager, Team Principal - Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 12, German Grand Prix, Saturday Practice

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Paul - Unregistered

October 23, 2009 5:25 PM

This is a joke Crash doesn't even have a photo of Jean todt not wearding Ferrari clothing... How does the FIA honestly expect a guy with such strong ties to ferrari to be totaly neutral?? okay, some claim that his seperation from Ferrari was not amicable... In that case, instead of favouring Ferrari he's gonna stab them in the back every chance he get's... I really can't believe he is the best choice...

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