The fifty nine-calendar year-old is a person of the most distinguished figures in motorsport from the Middle East. A former various regional rally champion as a driver, he is President of the UAE motorsport federation and considering that 2008 he has sat on the Globe Motor Sport Council as an FIA Vice President for Sport. So why has he resolved to stand for FIA President?
“Motorsport has provided me a great deal, most of my daily life, “says Ben Sulayem. “As a driver for 20 decades I have won fourteen instances (Middle East rally Championship), then became an organizer in demand of motorsport at household. I believe it is time to give back to the sport and the federation. I’m passionate to make a adjust and to improve, to comply with some of the steps but also to evolve.”
Ben Sulayem has been weighing up a operate for FIA president for some time and the retirement of Todt following 3 terms provides the chance. He recently released his manifesto and is standing on a ticket that guarantees to expand participation in the sport all over the world as effectively as much more economic transparency.
Ben Sulayem’s vision for jogging the FIA differs from Todt’s and that of his deputy president Graham Stoker, who is Ben Sulayem’s opponent in the election, in a person critical respect: he would hire a CEO to operate the Federation. Below Todt and his predecessor Max Mosley, the President runs the FIA, while the two pillars of sport and mobility (street transport) are each managed by a Secretary-Standard. This new vision would develop a really potent new position and see the FIA operate much more like a company.
“The day-to-day administration, it truly is not for the President,” he claims. “I will not want to micromanage. I want to be a President, to guide, but to hand the day-to-day to a CEO, who can deliver the sport and mobility jointly.” If elected he and his appointed CEO would put the emphasis on growing participation, with a assure to double the variety of individuals all over the world in four decades.
Ben Sulayem argues that if Finland with a inhabitants of 5.5 million men and women has eleven,000 opposition license holders, then there is big growth opportunity in China and India which have only all around four,000 license holders each. So how will he do that? He gives the illustration of Cross Car or truck, which is the FIA’s idea for reduced-price tag entry-level rallying, essentially an off-street buggy run by a motorbike engine, like go-karts is a gateway to circuit racing.
“(You will need to) have cost-effective autos in the introductory level,” he claims. “We begun anything named Cross Car or truck. And that was remarkable, I believe it is the long term. But the prices are supposed to be like €8,000, no much more. And then it jumped to €25,000. If you seem at India and China, they have engines, why do we impose on them? We take the blueprint, we make sure we supervise and put into action the safety restrictions in it and permit them go into their individual community championship and regional championships? If we put a concentrate on in four decades to double it, it is achievable.
“Formula One particular and WRC are in excellent condition, they are really balanced. But the environment desires much more than that. I mean, we’re conversing about community or regional level, you will need community participation, you will need community gatherings, and you will need regional gatherings. That can only happen if we do it in an cost-effective way.”
As effectively as searching for to double the individuals in motorsport, Ben Sulayem wants to boost the energy of the regional motorsport hubs and to have increased transparency on the economic facet of the Federation.
“The economic (facet) of the FIA is not balanced, we want to go and have a seem at the financials and the evidence to make also the FIA back into the company in a beneficial way, “ he claims. ”Transparency and accountability are really significant if you want to be taken seriously in the environment. So for illustration, the FIA accounts, when we wished to take a seem at them, have been really tough to achieve or to get. So I believe we must comply with the main Federations in the environment, like the IOC, which we are component of, you will see all the accounts becoming outlined on their web site.”
Ben Sulayem’s jogging mate as Deputy President for Sport is former environment rally champion co-driver, Robert Reid, while a person eye-catching title on the ticket is Bernie Ecclestone’s spouse Fabiana, who is jogging as a vice president for sport for the South American region.
The election will take location on December 17th in Paris. It will be a substantial moment for the sport due to the fact, with all the problems struggling with motorsport from environmental concerns to the will need for increased diversity, the subsequent four decades will be significant for placing the study course for the long term.