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10/24/09
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Montezemolo gives Todt warning
Formula One Teams' Association chairman Luca di Montezemolo has urged new FIA president Jean Todt to be "open and constructive" in dealing with his organization.

Di Montezemolo's comments are a veiled reference to the lack of communication and obstacles thrown in the teams' way by Todt's predecessor Max Mosley. Mosley's 16-year reign came to an end on Friday as Todt swept into power after a landslide election win in Paris over campaign rival Ari Vatanen, taking the vote 135-49.

"I would like to send my best wishes to Jean in his new role as I have always appreciated his ability, dedication and commitment," said Ferrari president Di Montezemolo. "I am sure, under his guidance, the Federation will be rejuvenated and will restore a climate open to dialogue and constructive collaboration with the teams and FOTA, thus ensuring stability of the regulations and the whole environment."

He added: "Formula One is about to embark on a new phase.

"All the stakeholders must work together with an eye to the future, to increase the credibility and interest generated by this sport, tackling the technical and environmental challenges that await it, whilst keeping unchanged those characteristics that have made it one of the most popular disciplines on the world stage."

Dismissing Vatanen's campaign claim that little will change under his leadership, 63-year-old Frenchman Todt said: "I like action.

"I like to make things go forward, and I am really happy to see so many countries choose me, but everything is yet to be done."

In calling for unity, Todt added: "With the election over everybody must share the same goals, including those who did not support me.

"I am not closing the door to anybody."

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