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GP Week : Issue 189
F1 >>> nEWs David Ward, a close ally of former FIA President Max Mosley, has announced he will contest the upcoming FIA presidential elections, opposing incumbent Jean Todt who has confirmed that he will stand for another term. Ward, who recently resigned as the director general of the FIA Foundation, will contest the election on a platform calling for change at the FIA and aims “to strengthen the effectiveness, transparency, and accountability of the FIA so that it can better ser ve the interests of its membership.” Ward has published a 20-point manifesto titled ‘Agenda for Change’ which, among other reforms, calls for the presidential term to be limited to two four-year terms (from the current three), and greater financial transparency at the FIA, with the governing body required to publish annual accounts and for any surplus funds to be used to develop motorsport clubs in low- and middle-income countries. “T he role of President of the FIA has not been something I have wanted or envisaged for myself. My preferred option is for a club President to ser ve as President of the FIA,” Ward wrote in a letter to FIA member clubs asking them to nominate him as a candidate. “However, in the absence of another candidate I am interested to stand to promote an agenda of further governance reform.” Ward, who has worked in various capacities with the FIA for over 20 years and was also a key member of Todt’s election team in 2009, needs nominations from 26 FIA member clubs to be eligible to stand for the election in December. Meanwhile, Todt (above, right) – who was elected to the top motorsport job in 2009, when Max Mosely vacated the seat after 16 years at the helm – confirmed his intention to stand for re -election at the Italian Grand Prix. “ T here is no speculation: I will go for it,” the former Ferrari team principal told reporters at Monza. “ Yesterday it was announced that campaigning for election was opening. All our community knows and I have a lot of support,” he said. In contrast to his predecessor, Todt has kept a low profile during his presidency. The Frenchman has travelled widely to such far flung places as Kazakhstan, Iraq, and Syria, keeping up an election promise to visit all countries which host an FIA member club. He has also made issues like global road safety a key element of his work, linking the FIA’s Action for Road Safety initiative with the United Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety. “I think Jean – and clearly I don’t know Jean as well as some of the people here – but I have to say taking him as the President, I think he has not used this sport for his own ego, which I think is very tempting,” McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh said at a press conference that also included Ross Brawn and Stefano Domenicali, who both worked closely with Todt at Ferrari. “I think for some people there hasn’t been enough commotion, action, controversy around him. Those are good in some people’s minds but I think for those of us that participate in the sport, having some consistency, someone who takes decisions that are in the interests of the sport quietly and efficiently is very beneficial.” See later in this issue for a closer look at challenger David Ward fIA presidential election becomes a two-horse race 9 GPWEEK.com // 9 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: