Is UAE motorsport boss Bin Sulayem the next FIA presidential candidate?

25 September, 2013

Jean Todt with Mohammed Bin Sulayem and Bernie Ecclestone

Jean Todt with Mohammed Bin Sulayem and Bernie Ecclestone

A name has now emerged, amid rumours that a third candidate for December’s FIA presidential elections is looming.

That name, mentioned not only by Auto Motor und Sport but also separately by Speed Week; Mohammad Bin Sulayem.

He is known as the highest ranking motor racing official in the United Arab Emirates, and was formerly a strong supporter of Max Mosley.

The 51-year-old, a 14-time Middle East rally champion, became the first Arab named as Vice President of the FIA, and the first to be elected to the FIA World Motor Sport Council. In his FIA role he has pioneered teaching, research and knowledge-transfer initiatives in motor sport.

Mohammed ben Sulayem drives a Ford Focus WRC during the 2001 FIA Middle East Rally of Lebanon

Mohammed bin Sulayem drives a Ford Focus WRC during the 2001
FIA Middle East Rally of Lebanon

Speed Week quoted an insider as saying: “He would be a dangerous rival for Todt and Ward, because there are many out there who would support him more than the Frenchman and his (British) challenger.”

Briton David Ward has already entered the race to dethrone Jean Todt, but Formula 1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone this week hinted that a third contender might be waiting in the wings.

“Maybe [Ward's candidature] has opened the door for other potential candidates,” he told Auto Motor und Sport.

“They’ll say ‘If he can, I can too’. So we don’t know how many [candidates] there will be in the end. There’s still time to submit a nomination,” Ecclestone added. (GMM)

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  • EazyE

    He could only be better than Ward… though I’d give the French Hobbit another term. He did very well considering the messs Mosely made of the sport and the fact he’s pretty much powerless against the wills of the top teams. ;)

  • Rick

    They really should get a cat to become FIA president! There have been several instances of cats being elected as mayors in a few small cities around the world. They seem to be doing an OK job and would most likely behave with far more dilligence than any of these assholes would!

  • Rick

    Come to think of it….. A few years back when JT was going for the role of prez, someone made a mock facebook page for David Coulthard to be FIA president. I seriously think he’d be best for the job. Either him or the cat? Either way, they’d both be quite good at it.

  • Hugo

    Like anyone would trust him in this day and age…

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