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.
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