Ben Sulayem has won the title in the Middle East Rally under the auspices of the FIA. He won a total of 61 international competitions as a driver during his career, which lasted from 1983 to 2002. Born in the United Arab Emirates, the 60-year-old has been vice president of sports in the Middle East for the past 13 years, and during that time was also a member of the World Motorsport Council.
Ben Sulayem won a pleasing 62% of the vote in the FIA General Assembly, the supreme decision-making arm in a governing body made up of car and tourism clubs and national sports bodies representing a 245-member organization.
Ben Sulayem defeated Graham Stoker, a lawyer who has been Todt’s right-hand man as vice president since 2009. He becomes the first non-European FIA president. Todt, who succeeded Max Mosley in 2009, could not run again after serving three terms.
The former Ferrari boss has been linked with a return to the Italian team as a consultant. The new F1A president then took to his Twitter profile to thank members who voted for him: "Votes have arrived and we have won!" "We are thrilled that 62% of all clubs gave us their vote.
We are truly humble. Your support will help us build a stronger alliance. " As part of Ben Sulayem’s administration will be Fabiana Ecclestone, the wife of former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, who will serve as vice president of sports in South America.
It will be interesting to see how Mohamed Ben Sulayemen manages in this position. Obviously he has some experience and has been in this sport for a long time, and considering that he should not have any problems. There will be a lot of work ahead of him, but the most important thing for him at this moment is that he has achieved his goal, and everything else will come later.
These are the key positions in the Ben Sulayem administration: Carmelo Sanz de Barros - (President of the Senate) Robert Reid - (Vice President for Sport) Tim Shearman - [Vice President for Mobility] Abdulla Al Khalifa - (Vice President for Sport - Middle East) Rodrigo Ferreira Rocha - (Vice President of Sport - Africa) Daniel Coen (Vice President of Sports - (North America) Fabiana Ecclestone - (Vice President of Sports - South America) Lung-Nien Lee - (Vice President of Sports - Asia-Pacific) Anna Nordkvist - (Vice President of Sport - Europe) Manuel Aviñó - (Vice President of Sport - Europe)