Two candidates want to succeed Jean Todt as FIA president
Mohammed Ben Sulayem of the Emirates and Graham Stoker of Great Britain are the candidates to succeed Frenchman Jean Todt in the election of the new FIA president on December 17, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) said on Wednesday.
Maarten DelvauxSource: BELGIAN
Jean Todt has been at the helm of the body that regulates the Formula 1, WRC and WEC World Championships since 2009. He is stepping down after three terms in office and two candidates are campaigning to replace him.
Mohammad Ben Sulayem, 60, 14-time winner of the Middle East Rally Championship, is currently FIA Vice-President in charge of sport for the Middle East region. If elected, he will be the FIA’s first non-European president.
Graham Stoker, 69, is a sports lawyer. He has been the FIA’s deputy chairman for sport since 2009 and thus Todt’s right-hand man.
Ben Sulayem’s list includes Fabiana Ecclestone as a candidate for Vice President for Sports in South America. Fabiana Ecclestone is a Brazilian lawyer and the companion of Bernie Ecclestone, the former CEO and promoter of Formula 1.
Stoker wants Danish driver Tom Kristensen, who holds the record in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with nine wins, as the new chairman for sport.