Vatanen announces cabinet members
Ari Vatanen has announced the leading cabinet members who will support his bid to become FIA president.
The former world rally champion has revealed that Spaniard Fernando Falco y Fernandez de Cordova
will be put forward as his candidate for president of the FIA Senate. Bernard Tay from Singapore
has been nominated as Deputy President for Mobility, while German Hermann Tomczyk
has been proposed as deputy president for motorsport.
Speaking about the support from the three candidates, Vatanen said: "These cabinet members all have a long and proven track record in the FIA and in their respective countries.
"Together with them, we can bring about the necessary changes to make the FIA more transparent, more efficient and more effective and to increase the benefit for its members. Now, it is time for change and together we can achieve this."
Falco y Fernandez de Cordova has represented Spain in the FIA and the AIT (International Tourism Alliance), and is a member of the Spanish Higher Council for traffic and road safety (Ministry of the Interior).
Until 2002, he was Vice Chairman of the World Council for Tourism and Motoring of the FIA. In June 1998, he was appointed Chairman of the AIT based in Geneva, a position he held until 2001.
Tay was elected president of FIA Region II, for Asia and the Pacific in April 2009, and has championed road safety programmes through his club's various channels.
Tomczyk, who is a leading figure in Germany's motoring organisations ADAC and the German Motor Sport Federation (DMSB), has been a member of the F1 Commission and the FIA World Motor Sport Council.
Vatanen is currently up against former Ferrari team principal Jean Todt in the FIA presidential election, which is due to take place on October 23.