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Todt set to stay on as FIA President

Mar 7, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

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FIA President Jean Todt is set to enter a second term at the end of this year.

Todt, who was an instrumental part of the Ferrari ‘Dream Team’ in the early 2000s, took up the presidency at the end of 2009 after Max Mosley vacated the role, winning the election against Ari Vatanen.

His current term finishes at the end of this year, but Todt is able to extend his tenure by another four years into a second term, and it appears he will exercise this option due to his great backing following an interview with AFP.

“There is still some way to go, but if you have a team pushing you to continue, it is obvious that it makes you want to continue.

“When the people in North, South and Central America say with one voice that you must be present, it is clear that making the decision to continue will be easier. It will weigh heavily in my thinking.”

Todt’s tenure has been seen by many as being successful following a somewhat turbulent era with Mosley at the helm, with the controversy surrounding the latter’s private life overshadowing much of the FIA’s sporting activity.

Under FIA guidelines, Presidents are not permitted to serve more than two terms, meaning that if Todt did enter a second term, he would be forced to stand down in 2017.

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