With that endorsement, Jean Todt rightfully announced that he will stand in as a candidate and subsequently thanked Mosley for his support. Vatanen now see his chance slimming with the public remark. He said "It is not right that Max wishes to impose a new leader, with the federation supporting his campaign. The FIA is not a kingdom, it is a republic in which leaders are elected democratically. But the same would be true if Ross Brawn or Flavio Briatore ran. The President of the FIA must be neutral.”
Vatanen, who was more a Rally championship enthusiast where he won the 1981 World Rally Championship added that "I will not deny that I carry rallies in my heart, but that does not mean they will take priority. We have one mouth but two ears, and my intention is to listen to the whole world,"