Jean Todt stays as FIA president for third and final term
The FIA confirmed Jean Todt's third presidential term, which will see the Frenchman at the helm until the end of 2021. Todt succeeded Max Mosley in 2009 for his first term and was re-elected in 2013 for his second term, which was to end this year.
The 71-year-old's re-election in 2017's General Assembly in Paris was for his third and final term was pretty much secured after the FIA released the nomination details, which carried no name against Todt.
"It is gratifying to have such universal support. I would like to thank all of the Member Clubs of the FIA for their support," said Todt. "I see this as a validation of the direction the FIA has taken under my leadership, and as encouragement to continue the programme we have pursued over the past eight years."
The Frenchman laid out focus in three key areas for his final term, which are 'innovation, advocacy and the development of a strong network of Mobility and Sport Clubs'. "From time to time there are some who challenge this role, and I remind them that Motor Sport will always need a regulator, it will always need fair play, it will always require ethics, and it will always need an independent referee.
"This is the vital role the FIA plays and one it will continue to play in the future. Innovation is essential if the FIA is to continue to improve and take its rightful place in the world as the leader in Mobility and Motorsport development. To encourage this, we propose to establish an FIA Innovation Fund."
As per the last release, the President of the FIA Senate Nick Craw will step down after eight years of service and he will be replaced by Brian Gibbons. The role of FIA Deputy President for Mobility, which was headed by Gibbons will go to Thierry Willemarck, who will leave the position of the President of Region I of the FIA.
Meanwhile, Graham Stoker will continue as Deputy President for Sport - the post he has held since 2009. "I have encouraged the selection of a leadership team that is a mixture of the experienced and the new," said Todt on the changes. "The experienced will ensure we continue to respect our heritage, uphold our values and avoid the pitfalls of the past.
"The new faces will bring fresh, innovative thinking to our Federation. I am particularly pleased that a number of talented women have been nominated for important positions by our clubs. It is a beginning I hope will lead the FIA to embrace greater diversity and recognise and reward talent, wherever it exists."
Once again Todt stressed on the importance of Road Safety, which the former Ferrari boss had been doing during his second term. The Frenchman wants the associate clubs and members to help the FIA in the cause and bring down unnecessary road fatalities all over the world.
"The FIA has made significant progress globally, and is now recognised by world bodies, governments and fellow NGOs as a reliable and relevant voice on the international stage. Road Safety continues to be a major focus through the work of the FIA High-Level Panel for Road Safety, the support and assistance of the FIA Foundation and its Chairman, Lord Robertson, and through the #3500 Lives campaign which was launched worldwide earlier this year.
"I am pleased to confirm that this campaign will continue to have a global presence in 2018 in order to help achieve the goal of reducing road trauma. Additionally, during this term, a new set of FIA Road Safety Awards will be instigated, to recognise outstanding contributions to achieving real progress in international road safety outcomes.
"Our clubs are the largest consumer organisations in their country and their 80-million road-user members make the FIA one of the largest global consumer bodies. This is important because while the future of mobility is exciting, it also holds many challenges, and it is our duty to help shape it.
"We will have to deal with increased congestion in all our major cities, with the introduction of autonomous vehicles, the growing cost of mobility and with the development of new technologies in developed countries.
"We need to influence the direction these developments take in order to ensure acceptable outcomes for all. My ambition remains for our Federation to continue to strive to be the best it possibly can – stronger, smarter, more secure, more professional and globally respected," he said.