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BREAKING NEWS: New FIA President Elected

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Mohammed Ben Sulayem has been elected as the new president of the FIA, as confirmed by the official ‘FIA for Members’ campaign.

This has now been confirmed in an official statement from the FIA.

The former Rally driver beat Briton Graham Stoker with a share of just under 62% of the vote. He is the first non-European to take the role.

This signals a big change at the FIA, as Stoker had served as Todt’s Vice-President.

Mohammed Ben Sulayem
Credit: Mohammed Ben Sulayem on Twitter

This election follows in the wake of the fallout from the F1 season finale, where the FIA and F1 have come under scrutiny.

The new president will hold a press conference this afternoon, to address his forthcoming presidency. This will also be crucial to see the new administration’s response to the recent F1 controversy.

Ben Sulayem had a very successful rally career, winning 14 editions of the Middle East Rally Championship. During his career, he won 61 FIA rallies.

Since retiring from Rally driving, he has been active in administration, holding a number of high profile roles. This includes serving as FIA Vice-President for Mobility and Tourism under Todt, from 2013 to 2017.

He stood for the Presidency first in 2013, but later withdrew, signalling his long held intentions to hold the post.

I am truly honoured to be elected President of the @FiA. Thank you all so much. I am humbled by the trust you’ve placed in me and the team and we pledge to govern in the interests of all members. pic.twitter.com/9E7TiG0PyG

β€” Mohammed Ben Sulayem (@Ben_Sulayem) December 17, 2021

His manifesto stood on the basis of creating change in the FIA, under a banner of “FIA for members’.

This features strong emphasis on diversity and inclusion.

The manifesto aims to double motorsport participation worldwide.

The election of Ben Sulayem is a vote of confidence in this manifesto.

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