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GP Week : Issue 191
contract Monaco Singapore Abu Dhabi Austin 24/25/26 May 21 / 22 September 1 / 3 November 15/16/17 November AMBER LOUNGE THE ULTIMATE VIP GRAND PRIX EXPERIENCE 2013 CELEBRATING 10 YEARS VIP Parties Fashion Shows Dining Hospitality Live Acts BlackBook-210x282.indd 1 01/03/2013 17:52 F1 >>> nEWs WARd ANd TOdT IN ANOTHER ETHICAL STORM FIA presidential hopeful David Ward has fired another salvo at incumbent Jean Todt in what is turning out to be a bitter battle for the world’s top motorsport job. In a recent letter addressed to all of the governing body’s member clubs, Ward warned that the presidential election, scheduled for December, risked being turned into a farce as a result of the ‘support agreements’ Todt had secured from a number of clubs at a meeting in Montevideo, uruguay, committing them to back the Frenchman’s re-election bid. In his letter, Ward says that, among other signatories, Todt has managed to secure such agreements from eleven of the twelve national sporting associations and national automobile associations in North America. With a candidate required to propose a vice president for sport from each of the seven regions – including North America – to be eligible to stand for election, the fate of any challenger to Todt’s re-election campaign rests on that one undecided club in the region, in this case el salvador. “T he absurd situation in which just one club in North America may determine whether or not there can be a challenger to Jean Todt risks turning the FIA election into a farce,” Ward wrote. “It shows clearly the detrimental effect that the Montevideo support agreement is having on the 2013 election. “If any of the signatories decide to provide a vice president to a rival candidate they have no alternative but to face the embarrassment of breaking a commitment of support for Jean Todt that they made in his presence at the Montevideo meeting – an agreement which was then subject to a photo-call and a press announcement,” he continued. Ward, a key member of Todt’s 2009 election campaign, is contesting the election on a platform calling for change at the FIA and one aimed at strengthening the “effectiveness, transparency, and accountability of the FIA so that it can better serve the interests of its membership.” He has already expressed his dissatisfaction over the support letters and last month said he intended to lodge a complaint with the FIA ethics Committee calling for the letters to be revoked, a move that would allow the committee to look into whether securing such letters at meetings paid for by the Federation was within the rules. For his part Todt, who was elected to office in 2009 and has since kept a low profile making issues like global road safety a key element of his work, said he had done nothing wrong and that he hadn’t forced anyone to support his re-election bid. 9 GPWEEK.com // 9 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: