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Todt shows Vatanen what he's up against
Aug 21, 2009, 2:40 PM

Another day, another confident, proactive statement from Jean Todt.

Another day, another confident, proactive statement from Jean Todt.

This one is a peach. Not 24 hours after his rival for the FIA presidency Ari Vatanen released his manifesto, Todt releases a statement saying how delighted he is with the response from the key FIA players around the world to his manifesto.

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He lists a series of tributes, saying how they are behind Todt all the way. There are some big names and clubs there. It's a very strong message to Vatanen, who has been visiting the F1 paddock in recent weeks, that Todt has put the spade work in with the regions, as Max Mosley did when he beat Jean Marie Balestre to the presidency in 1990 and got them sewn up.

Here are a couple of examples. The full list reads like a Who's Who of Motorsport movers and shakers. Vatanen needs a game changing move now or it looks like it might be all over.

Nicolas Deschaux, President, Fédération Française du Sport Automobile (France)

“There can be no better example of motor sporting achievement across such a diverse range of competition categories than that of Jean Todt. His passion for sport and his attention to detail in its pursuit are well known. Everything Jean has achieved, the broad range of his capability and the depth of his experience will be relevant to his Presidency of the FIA. As a French sportsman, Jean understands the character and needs of our sport in France, we look forward to working with him.”

Vijay Mallya, Chairman, Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (India)

“I have been impressed with the professionalism and commitment of Jean Todt and his election team. The considered approach to the development of their election policies and programmes has created a welcome new vision for the FIA and our sport. I am very pleased to join them and to make my contribution to the realisation of that vision.”

Mohamed ben Sulayem, President, Automobile and Touring Club for United Arab Emirates (UAE)

“It is clear to any impartial observer that Jean Todt and his team have already demonstrated their leadership abilities. Careful campaign planning, innovative policies, a commitment to consultation and communication demonstrates that their approach is highly professional, transparent and inspires great confidence for the future. Their focus on empowering the regions and zones of the FIA, even further, with an equal balance between Sport and Mobility, is typical of their approach which puts the membership of the FIA first. I will put all my energy into supporting their campaign and the strong democratic values it represents.”

Carlos Gracia, President, Real Federación Española de Automovilismo (Spain)

“I am pleased to confirm my support for Jean Todt and his candidacy team. I have read Jean’s policy proposals, I have discussed his programme with him in detail. I am impressed by his carefully considered approach and his strong commitment. Our sport and the FIA membership will be greatly enhanced by his vision for the future, a vision which I share and strongly appreciate. It will give us the freedom to accomplish important goals for the future health and growth of our sport.”

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