It looked to be the first challenge of an incumbent FIA president since Max Mosley took on Jean-Marie Balestre back in the early '90s, but in the end it fizzled out as first one, then the second wannabe withdrew ahead of Nomination Day, November 15.
Keen observers hoped for a showdown between Mosley's successor Jean Todt and the disgraced former president's associate for almost 20 years, David Ward, but on Thursday the former FIA Foundation director-general withdrew from the race after failing to fulfil the FIA's requirements.
No surprise: Ward recently suggested he might prove unable to comply, having heavily criticised a system he had helped devise under Mosley's reign - and was now, as potential candidate, campaigning to reform!
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South African-born Dieter trained as industrial engineer before holding down a variety of senior motor industry marketing and manufacturing positions. At the age of 40 he decided to follow his passion, and became the first and only South African journalist to cover Formula 1 regularly. Dieter joined AtlasF1 at the beginning of 2004 – a year prior to its merger with Autosport – and his regular column offers an intriguing analysis of F1’s politicking and commercial chicanery. Although now also proudly Belgian, he gives his domicile as "Wherever F1 duplicity lurks".@RacingLines More features by Dieter Rencken