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Todt says he wants to be FIA president

other Updated: Jul 17, 2009 01:34 IST
Todt says he wants to be FIA president

Former Ferrari boss Jean Todt threw his hat into the ring on Thursday to succeed Max Mosley as president of motor

sport’s world governing body, the International Automobile Federation (FIA).

Todt’s decision to stand came a day after Mosley, who survived calls for his resignation over a sado-masochistic sex scandal last year, had named the Frenchman as the ideal person to replace him.

The election is due on Oct. 23, with Finland’s 1981 world rally champion Ari Vatanen the only other declared candidate.

“Following the decision of Max Mosley not to seek a further term of office and his unequivocal support of my candidacy, I have written to the FIA membership to inform them that I wish to stand for the Presidency of the FIA,” said Todt. “It is my intention to continue and expand the outstanding work of President Mosley,” he added.