Jean Todt Elected As FIA President

Adam Flinn@@F1AdamCorrespondent IOctober 23, 2009

SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 27:  F.I.A. Presidential candidate Jean Todt and Michelle Yeoh walk on the grid before the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 27, 2009 in Singapore.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Jean Todt has been elected as the successor to Max Mosley as FIA President, ending Mosley's 16-year reign in the position.

Todt received 135 votes, whilst fellow candidate Ari Vatanen received 49.

The Frenchman was always going to be the more likely of the two after receiving Mosley's endorsement early on in his campaign, and the run-up to the election has caused plenty of controversy.

He replaces Mosley after he didn't stand for re-election, in the wake of many of the teams threatening to form a breakaway series if he remained as President.

FOTA have responded to the news by saying that they support the new President, although it is worth remembering that FOTA Chairman Luca di Montezemolo worked with Todt at Ferrari for the majority of the past two decades.

Hopefully, Todt's success will bring an end to the political scandals that have dominated Formula One headlines in recent years, and the focus can be brought back onto the racing.

And let's not have any "Ferrari International Assistance" crap, keep it neutral Mr Todt.

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