1981 world rally champion Ari Vatanen has confirmed his potential candidacy to succeed Max Mosley as FIA president.

1981 world rally champion Ari Vatanen has confirmed his potential candidacy to succeed Max Mosley as FIA president.

The 57-year-old Finn, who in 1999 was first elected to the European Parliament, has been mentioned several times amid speculation Mosley might either step down ahead of the forthcoming elections, or be challenged by alternative candidates.

"At the moment I am consulting the member clubs and am already seeing positive feedback," Vatanen, whose co-driver in his championship year was David Richards, is quoted as saying by Britain's Guardian newspaper.

"I am considering standing. I think the time has come for a change. I would go for it, even if not sure of winning," he added.

Vatanen was re-elected for the 2004 European Parliament, but lost his seat last month.

 

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