Motor racing: Todt re-elected unopposed as FIA head, role for Massa

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Jean Todt was re-elected unopposed as president of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), Formula One's governing body, for a further four-year term on Friday with a new role for his former Ferrari driver Felipe Massa.

The 71-year-old Frenchman, confirmed for a third term on a show of hands at the FIA General Assembly in Paris, told reporters he represented continuity when the sport is facing big challenges.

Formula One, with U.S.-based Liberty Media taking over the commercial rights last January, is entering a potentially turbulent period with team contracts expiring in 2020 and a new engine format to be agreed.

Todt will lead a re-structured team with American Nick Craw, president of the Senate that oversees the federation's management and finances, stepping down and replaced by New Zealander Brian Gibbons.

Massa, whose career has been managed by Todt's son Nicolas and who was with Todt senior at Ferrari when the Frenchman was in charge of that team, takes over as head of the FIA's go-karting commission CIK-FIA.

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