Mohamed Ben Sulayem Elected New FIA President

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Mohamed Ben Sulayem has been elected as the new FIA President as Jean Todt’s 12-year presidency draws to a close.

Ben Sulayem was elected for a four-year term with 61.62% of votes by FIA Member Clubs ahead of Great Britain’s Graham Stoker who claimed 36.62% of the vote, as just 1.76% of voters abstained from the vote as Todt’s three-term run as president drew to a close.

This victory also historically marks the first time that a non European member has been voted in as FIA President.

Hailing from United Arab Emirates as an ex 14-time FIA Middle East Rally Champion with 61 wins in international events, Ben Sulayem is President of the Emirates Motorsport Organisation (EMSO) having occupied the position since 2005.

Ben Sulayem has also served as World Motor Sport Council Vice President for the Middle East and ran his presidential campaign under “FIA for Members” banner, with a commitment to doubling motorsport participation worldwide with increased diversity and inclusion.

Carmelo Sanz de Barros will serve under Ben Sulayem as President of the Senate, with Robert Reid appointed as Deputy President for Sport whilst Tim Shearman will become Deputy President for Mobility.

Speaking post election to the FIA President role, Ben Sulayem said: “I am very honoured to have been elected FIA President at the conclusion of the Annual General Assembly in Paris today. I thank all the Member Clubs for their esteem and trust.”

Ben Sulayem also paid tribute to Stoker for his “engagement” with the FIA and campaign but also paid tribute of “indefinite gratitude” to Todt for his success over the last 12 years in charge of the FIA.

Looking ahead to his stint as FIA President, Ben Sulayem said: “I am committed to pursuing the important work and make motor sport and mobility take further steps forward.”

Todt in turn wished Ben Sulayem “the best of success” for his new role as he proceeded to “warmly thank” his team, FIA Administration and all Member Clubs for showing “their unwavering commitment, enthusiasm and resilience.”

Ben Sulayem will now oversee all FIA managed series which covers F1, F2, F3, Formula E and other four-wheel racing categories, with one of his first tasks set to involve dealing with the on-going fallout of a controversial finish to 2021 F1 season in Abu Dhabi.

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