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The 2009 Motorsport Review Part Four: New Leaders, New(ish) Champions

The end of the season had come; it was time for champions to be decided. Some would be familiar with the trophies they were holding, some would be new to the experience.   And there was also a change in leadership that action on the track couldn't decide (which is a shame).     Todt-ting up the votes As part of the deal that had re-sealed the chasm in F1 during the summer, Max Mosely had agreed not to stand for re-election as FIA president.   Forward came two men, Jean Todt, diminutive former Ferrari man and Mosely’s favoured successor; and Ari Vatanen, a former WRC champion and former member of the European Parliament.   Though Vatanen was (very arguably) the fans’ favourite candidate, mainly because he never worked for Ferrari,...

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