The former Middle Eastern rally pilot from Dubai has been hinted at fourteen times as the highly politicized presidential campaign has pushed behind Britain’s Royal Automobile Club with another candidate, former British Vice President Jean Todd Graham.
Bin Sulayem, 60, was until now FIA Vice President for the Middle East and a member of the World Motorsport Council, and now, with 61.6% of the vote, is taking over the FIA presidency as the first person outside the FIA. – European President in the history of the organization.
As part of Motorsport.com’s #ThinkingForward series, Ben Slaghem stated that the most important component of his program is making it accessible to young people to enter the world of motorsports.
“I want to define a better and cheaper way for young people,” he said before his election. “This alone can mean change. We cannot continue what the previous president did because then nothing will change. The challenges ahead have changed.”
Slim also emphasized his desire to do more for the local motorsport series:
“F1 and WRC are in a good position, they do not have financial problems. However, the world needs more than that, with local and regional competitions, with local participants. However, this will only happen if this series is really affordable.”
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