Jean Todt has won re-election as FIA President to a second four-year term, with the path made slightly easier by the fact he ran unopposed. David Ward, who announced his candidacy in August, withdrew in November.
Over the next four years, Todt called his outline “ambitious,” but “built on the solid foundations of reforms” from the past four years.
His first pillar to attack, he said, was to improve the governance and administration of the FIA. To do so, a Resource Allocation Working Group will be created and composed of worldwide representatives.
“It will be their task to determine how best to use the new resources arising from new activities and including the renegotiation of the [Formula One] Concorde Agreement,” he said.
Next up is motorsport development, with a grassroots strategy as outlined from World Motor Sport Council meetings and from two separate task forces, the Motor Sport Development Task Force and the ASN Development Task Force.
The third and fourth pillars are FIA Mobility, aimed at improving club growth, and road safety and sustainability, as the FIA continues to be an advocate for that.
“Our common goal, our common ambition, is for the FIA and its global network to become ever stronger, more united and more respected around the world,” Todt said to close his remarks.“We understand and appreciate the responsibilities you have given us. In the four years to come, we will be committed to work on these goals, to serve the FIA, to defend your interests, and to promote our sport and mobility for the motorist. Together, we are going to go further and bring the FIA to a higher level.”
Besides overseeing F1 during his first four years, Todt was also instrumental in the launch and creation of the FIA’s new-for-2012 World Endurance Championship. While sports car racing has, in recent years, become almost more of a technological haven than F1 has, it still hasn’t grown to anywhere near the level of popularity or interest as F1.
It will be intriguing to watch how much attention Todt pays to the other FIA World Championships besides F1, including WEC, World Rally Championship and the World Touring Car Championship, over the stint of his second term.