Vatanen goes on the offensive in final push for FIA presidency
Following on from Jean Todt's letter yesterday criticising the negative campaigning of his rival Ari Vatanen, the Finn has done an interview in tod...
Following on from Jean Todt's letter yesterday criticising the negative campaigning of his rival Ari Vatanen, the Finn has done an interview in today's Gazzetta dello sport in which he calls for a "complete clean up" of the FIA.
Vatanen claims that 70% of the mobility clubs and 'around half' of the sporting clubs are on his side. "Me and my team believe that we have more than half of the votes. We are giving people hope and they are grasping it" he says.
"The majority of clubs feel the need for a new FIA, more democratic, which takes care of everyone's problems. Todt is tied to people who've been in power for many years like Mosley and Ecclestone, they don't represent the future. I'm the only one who represents change.
"The FIA president should serve everyone, not just the people who have vested interests. This is what people are calling for and that's what they'll get if they elect me. Todt has the support of Ecclestone: but don't you think Bernie has personal interests in the business of F1?
Asked about how he views the aftermath of the Renault crash scandal, Vatanen says, "Sport should be wholesome and today it is not. It needs an organ of justice which is separate and neutral. How is it possible that this famous Mr X, who contributed to the conviction (of Flavio Briatore) won out in the end? And why, if Charlie Whiting (FIA race director) had received information on what happened in Singapore, didn't he investigate it? the result of the world championship could have been different."
Meanwhile Michael Schumacher has written a letter to all the car clubs urging them to vote for Todt, his former boss at Ferrari. He talks up Todt's ability as a leader and a team builder. But there are some odd passages in here which hint that there have been a few bumps in the road in this campaign.
"I know that there are some people who say that Jean's presidency would be a continuation of Max's leadership. I can only tell these people that they do not know Jean, " he writes.
He also criticises some of the clubs who have clearly not given Todt house room, " I have to say I was astonished and disappointed by the way some of the big clubs have acted during this election period: it appears they have made up their minds before even reading Jean's policy proposals or meeting him...This is not my idea of transparency or professionalism."
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