Jean Todt was last Friday returned as president of the FIA uncontested for what will be, barring a change of constitution instituted by immediate predecessor Max Mosley - himself in the corner Parisienne office for almost 20 years - the Frenchman's second and final four-year term in office.
Much had been made of Todt facing a challenge from Mosleyite and former British Labour Party politician David Ward, who resigned as Director General of the FIA's (charitable) Foundation in order to campaign for the quadrennial elections, and/or Mohamed bin Sulayem, but in the end both challenges petered out, and Todt was declared president without need for a presidential ballot.
Critics suggest the former Ferrari supremo exploited the 'unfair advantage' enjoyed by incumbents, namely unfettered four-year access to the electorate - in this case senior officials in motor clubs across the globe - but inarguably 'Todt and Team' ran an immaculate and focused campaign where others dilly-dallied.
Get back on track. Join today for unlimited access to all Autosport news and features.
Are you an Autosport magazine subscriber? Activate your online account
Your Autosport Plus membership includes:
- Unlimited access to Autosport's news - no monthly cap.
- Read the best motorsport features, analysis and opinion.
- Explore Forix, our comprehensive motorsport stats database.
- Choose from monthly, yearly and two-yearly packages.
South African-born Dieter trained as industrial engineer before holding down a variety of senior motor industry marketing and manufacturing positions. At the age of 40 he decided to follow his passion, and became the first and only South African journalist to cover Formula 1 regularly. Dieter joined AtlasF1 at the beginning of 2004 – a year prior to its merger with Autosport – and his regular column offers an intriguing analysis of F1’s politicking and commercial chicanery. Although now also proudly Belgian, he gives his domicile as "Wherever F1 duplicity lurks".@RacingLines More features by Dieter Rencken