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Jean Todt vows to improve the efficiency of Formula One's governing body, should he be elected to take the reigns once Max Mosley leaves office in October. Currently, former Ferrari team principal Todt will be up against former WRC Champion Ari Vatanen for the position of FIA president, which will see a new leader for the first time since 1993.
With Mosley electing to retire after spending 16 years in the job, Todt has been strongly tipped by the current leader, which acted as a catalyst for the Frenchman's decision to stand for presidency.
'I am conscious that the FIA is a unique organisation which serves both as the governing body of motor sport and the representative of motoring clubs worldwide,' the 63-year-old wrote to FIA member clubs in various countries.
'In this letter I would like to explain my commitment to strengthening the independence and effectiveness of the FIA in close co-operation with the entire membership.
I have been very fortunate in my career to have enjoyed considerable success in motor sport and benefit from the hard work of previous leaders of the FIA in creating a global platform on which to compete.
I feel that for me the time is now right to give something back to the sport and the FIA's club that have given me so much. I would also like to assist my colleagues from the mobility clubs in their important work representing the motoring public.
For these reasons I am enthusiastic and excited to serve as President of the FIA and very grateful for your consideration of my candidacy.'
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