Oct 22, 2009

Election fever hits FIA

My latest column in the Globe and Mail explores tomorrow's election and the infighting that seems to be dividing the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile as it head to a vote to replace the outgoing Max Mosley.

A snippet:

The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) general assembly votes tomorrow to elect a new president after 16 years under Max Mosley's direction. It promises to be a divisive affair.

In one corner is Mosley's chosen successor, former Ferrari boss Jean Todt, who is seen as the status quo candidate, while in the other is independent candidate Ari Vatanen, a former world rally champion, who looks to have reform on his mind.

Unfortunately, the presidential campaign may be remembered for its infighting, impropriety and the inappropriateness of FIA officials' actions. And it points to a desperate need for new blood at the top of the FIA, which governs Formula One and several other racing championships, including world touring cars and world rally.

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