24 Oct 2009

Frenchman elected new president of FIA

7:23 am on 24 October 2009

Frenchman Jean Todt has been elected president of motor racing's governing body FIA, beating Finnish candidate Ari Vatanen.

Todt was the big favourite to win after getting backing from outgoing FIA president Max Mosley and Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone.

Todt is a former Ferrari team principal who revived the fortunes of the flagging Italian team and led it during Michael Schumacher's era.

He also worked on FIA's World Motor Sport Council.

He will be charged with restoring stability to a body that has been rocked by a number of scandals in F1 and a highly publicised sex scandal involving Mosley.

Mosley is stepping down after 16 years in charge of the FIA.