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GP Week : Issue 193
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 TODT CLEARED The FIA ethics Committee has rejected a complaint made by presidential hopeful David Ward that accused incumbent Jean Todt of misusing the governing body’s resources to garner support for his re-election bid, in a move that threatens to hobble Ward’s prospects of standing for election. Ward last month filed a complaint with the Ethics Committee alleging that a number of clubs were asked to sign letters of support declaring their intention to back the Frenchman’s bid for re -election bid at meetings paid for by the FIA. The Briton asked that those letters be revoked, as the pre- election letters of suppor t made it difficult, if not impossible, to mount a challenge to Todt. FIA election rules require candidates to propose a vice president for sport from each of the Federation’s seven member regions in order to be eligible to run, and the letters of support offered by the clubs in the Americas locked much of the region. Eleven of the 12 national sporting associations and national automobile associations have pledged their support to Todt, with Ward’s election prospects res ting on that one undecided club in the region, El Salvador, a situation the former Max Moseley ally said risked turning the election into a farce. But the Ethics Commit tee determined no election rules had been flouted by Todt and pointed out that the support letters at the centre of the controversy were not legally binding, and that the election itself took place via secret ballot. “T he allegations of abusing FIA funds and of ficials are unparticularised and vague and unsubstantiated by any evidence,” the Committee said in its report. “The letters of support given to Mr. Todt are not binding on or enforceable against the Clubs on whose behalf they purport to have been issued. They do not res trict the Clubs in voting for other Presidential candidates or those on any Presidential list.” Ward, for his part, expressed dissatisfaction over the composition of the committee, which he said included a member from a club that was involved in the suppor t agreement issue and who was clearly a Todt backer. The FIA has denied any accusations of bias on the panel, which was composed of a group of legal people with professional reputations to protect. “T he 2013 FIA election process is already marred by confusion over the rules and the use of support agreements,” Ward said in a statement. “These irregularities notably concern the requirement to have the support of seven Vice Presidents for Sport. “I think the Ethics Committee has failed to understand the connec tion bet ween support agreements ratified by an FIA region on bloc and the huge difficulty this creates for any candidate trying to obtain Vice Presidents for their list. In my view the Ethics Committee can and should consider such issues and make recommendations for change.” Ward, who has worked with the FIA in various capacities for t wo decades, is contesting the election on a platform calling for change at the FIA, one that aims “to strengthen the effectiveness, transparency, and accountability of the FIA so that it can better ser ve the interests of its membership.” On the other hand Todt – who has kept a low profile throughout a presidency that has seen the FIA make significant gains in its global standing – is yet to publish his agenda and has instead issued a progress report that appears to be a prelude to an eventual manifesto. 9 GPWEEK.com // 9 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: