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Vatanen announces proposed FIA cabinet members 14 Aug 2009

Ari Vatanen (FIN).
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, German Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Saturday, 11 July 2009 Ari Vatanen (FIN).
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, German Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Saturday, 11 July 2009

Ari Vatanen has proposed the cabinet members he hopes to install in office, if he wins the FIA Presidential election later this year. With current incumbent Max Mosley set to stand down in October, Vatanen is running against ex-Ferrari team boss Jean Todt to take Mosley’s place in the Formula One governing body’s highest office.

The former world rally champion has named German Hermann Tomczyk as his preferred deputy president for sport, Spaniard Fernando Falco y Fernandez de Cordova as his candidate to become the president of the FIA senate, and Bernard Tay from Singapore as his nominee for the office of deputy president for mobility.

Tomczyk is a member of the FIA World Motor Sport Council and hails from Germany's motoring organisations, the ADAC and the German Motor Sport Federation. Cordova is a member of the Spanish Higher Council for traffic and road safety and has represented Spain in the FIA, including a spell as the vice chairman of the world council for tourism and motoring. Rey, meanwhile, was elected president of FIA Region II for Asia and the Pacific back in April.

“These cabinet members all have a long and proven track record in the FIA and in their respective countries,” said Vatanen. “Together with them, we can bring about the necessary changes to make the FIA more transparent, more efficient and more effective and to increase the benefit for its members. Now, it is time for change and together we can achieve this!”

Todt announced back in July that he has nominated New Zealander Brian Gibbons and Britain’s Graham Stoker as his preferred vice-presidential candidates, for mobility and sport respectively. His nominee to become president of the FIA Senate is American Nick Craw, who is currently deputy president (sport).

The leadership election will take place at the FIA General Assembly in Paris on October 23. All full FIA members are eligible to vote, with each of the 132 countries where the sport’s governing body is represented receiving a maximum of two votes.