Vatanen withdraws court application after FIA meeting

FIA presidential candidate Ari Vatanen, satisfied that Friday’s election will be run fairly, has withdrawn his legal action against the FIA.

Vatanen, who will go up against former Ferrari team boss Jean Todt to replace Max Mosley, echoed member clubs’ concerns that their vote would not be secret. He went so far as to start legal action to ensure a fair election.

Following a meeting chaired by Mosley, both Vatanen and Todt have agreed to the following elements of the election procedure:

– The presidential elections will be supervised by a Huissier de Justice throughout the entire procedure.

– There will be a private voting area for marking ballot papers available for those voters who would like to use it.

– Each candidate, along with their speakers in support, will be given an opportunity to present their case to the General Assembly for a maximum of 15 minutes. Mr Todt and his team will take the floor first.