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GP Week : Issue 193
F1 >>> nEWs Bin Sulayem supports Todt FIA president Jean Todt’s re-election prospects have received a major boost with the influential Mohammad bin sulayem, who was rumoured to have been readying his candidacy for the post, throwing his weight behind the incumbent’s campaign. Bin Sulayem is the president of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, and his backing for Todt could well hobble presidential aspirant David Ward’s campaign at a time when the Middle East is taking on an increasingly higher profile in global motorsport. “Following careful consideration, I can confirm that I have accepted Jean Todt’s invitation to support his re-election and to stand for a second term as FIA vice president for sport [on Todt’s ticket],” bin Sulayem told the Daily Mail. “It is now time to focus on the big issues facing the FIA.” Bin Sulayem’s support for Todt is the second major blow to Ward’s hope of winning the election in recent days, with the FIA’s Ethics Committee also rejecting a complaint made by Ward accusing Todt of misusing the governing body’s resources to garner support for his re-election bid. Ward’s campaign is anyway on precarious footing, as it will prove difficult for the Briton to pull together a full vice presidential list. A candidate is required to propose a vice president for sport from each of the seven regions to be eligible for election, but 11 of the 12 national sporting associations and national automobile associations in the Americas have pledged their support to Todt, which means Ward’s chances of standing for election hinge on that one undecided club. “Some people may say ‘poor David’, but I have always said that I do not care whether I win or lose,” Ward told the Daily Mail. “The main reason I stood was to show up the governance problems at the FIA. Plenty of the things I am talking about are resonating deeply with the FIA membership and they will continue to resonate with them regardless of who wins.” The FIA is all set to give medicine in motorsport a shot in the arm with its research branch lining up a number of key initiatives in order to develop what is one of the most critical areas as far as safety in motorsports in concerned. The FIA Institute – the research and development arm of the governing body – will launch a medical accreditation programme for which national sporting authorities (ASNs) will be eligible, in a bid to make sure that the highest medical standards filter down to the grassroots level. The accreditation programme will allow ASNs to peg their medical standards against those in use at the very top of the motor-racing ladder with the bodies accredited against three levels of training standard. Those that achieve the highest level will be offered the opportunity to become approved medical Regional Training Providers (RTPs) and deliver FIA Institute-approved training and qualifications. Along with this initiative, the Institute will also bring together a group of experts to decide on and standardise procedures for extracting drivers from their cars. To that effect, the body has already developed dummy Formula One extrication simulators which are exact replicas of F1 cockpits and will allow medical teams at the track to practice extrication procedures without the fear of damaging any of the teams’ cars. Another initiative the Institute is planning to roll out is the launch of a medical newsletter that will allow the community of motorsport doctors to stay abreast of all the latest developments in motorsport medicine. The newsletter will also bring the community together by allowing members to contribute and exchange and share ideas. In addition, a training curriculum will also be published to help bring medical practitioners with no experience in motor-racing into the fold. “The FIA Institute's Medical Programme is a key area of development and in the next 12 months, will see the delivery of a number of important projects,” the Institute’s president Gérard Saillant said in a statement. “We are looking for ward to a positive engagement with the motor sport medical community during the course of the activities over the next year." FIA LAUNCHES MEDICAL PLAN 11 GPWEEK.com // 11 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: