The king is dead, long live the … oh, hang on a minute…

So Jean Todt is elected, president of the FIA. No surprise there, as anyone who can read a newspaper will know about Mosley’s industrious machinations on Todt’s behalf. And not even particularly secretly, which shows what an arrogant fuck he  is.

Ari Vatanen was by far the better man for the job. Not only did he have the necessary political experience, he would have been totally unbiased regarding F1 – the area where the FIM (Federation Internationale de Mosley), interfered most perniciously – and that is quite possibly the  reason why Mosley supported Todt rather than Vatanen.

There is also the persistent rumour, that refuses to go away, that Ferrari “has something” on Mosley, hence the long-running FIA bias in their favour. The cynical might ask how much pressure Ferrari brought to bear – if any – to ensure Mosley’s support for Todt?

Now we have Mosley’s and Ecclestone’s favourite in the seat of power, there primarily – quite possibly totally – at Mosley’s behest, can he possibly operate entirely independently of outside influence (i.e., of Mosley)? Yes, he can; I have no doubt that Todt is an honest man – the burning question, though, is will he be allowed to be completely independent?

I would hope, if he is subjected to undue pressures by anybody, Todt will have the balls to do the right thing – and call the police. Fuck the FIA’s internal machinery, that can’t be trusted, it has to be the police.

Make no mistake, Mosley still wields massive influence, and will continue to do so, even though, at least notionally, he now has no power, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him carving out a niche for himself at the FIA, to ensure or, at least, try to ensure, that business as usual, continues. Mind you, he may not have to – 135 people did what he wanted at the FIA election, and only 49 opposed him – that’s a massive powerbase for Mosley.

Before leaving this subject, please bear in mind that the margin of victory brings to mind a  remark made by Mosley in a letter to Prince Feisal of Jordan, whom Vatanen had nominated as vice-president. In the letter Mosley stated Vatanen “would lose the election and lose badly”. Prince Feisal is reported as being furious – which I suspect is something of an understatement.

Three weeks before a supposedly secret ballot, and Mosley knew that he had it in the bag (anyone who thinks this election was about the various merits of Todt and  Vatanen is deluding themselves – it was about Mosley exerting his power, as always). Interesting, that; at the very least it shows that the election was about as secret as Mosley’s sexual predilections. Anyone worried about that? At all?