Carlos Gracia, Spain's FIA representative, says he has not decided whether to back the presidential campaigns of Ari Vatanen or Jean Todt.

Carlos Gracia, Spain's FIA representative, says he has not decided whether to back the presidential campaigns of Ari Vatanen or Jean Todt.

He told the Spanish newspaper Diario AS that Vatanen, believed to have the support of the formula one teams, "had the courtesy to come to Spain to explain his ideas".

"He recognises the importance of our country. I share 90 per cent of his ideas," Gracia added.

As for Todt, Gracia said the Frenchman is a "good candidate" but because he is Max Mosley's preferred successor "I worry about there being a period of continuity".

The Spaniard has already put on the record his fears about Todt's previous alliances with Ferrari and Peugeot.

After Vatanen elected to meet in person with Gracia, meanwhile, it is revealed that Todt instead "preferred to communicate via telephone".

He said he will not announce who he will support "until later".

"It is true that until now we have supported Max Mosley, but once disconnected from his position we can take our decision freely," Gracia said.

He also raised the possibility that Monaco's Michel Boeri will be another "great candidate" to be the next FIA president.

 

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