Jean Todt could face opposition in upcoming FIA election

Jean Todt could face a challenge for his likely bid for a second term as FIA president from one of predecessor Max Mosley's key aides

Jean Todt could face opposition in upcoming FIA election

David Ward, who has been boss of the FIA Foundation road safety organisation since 2011, has revealed that he is considering standing for the presidency of motorsport's governing body at the end of this year.

Ward, who was connected to the 1997 'cash-for-fags' scandal with the then-newly elected UK Labour government, said he is contemplating a bid in order to offer Todt detractors a choice of candidates.

"This is not what I intended nor what I wanted, but I am certainly thinking about [standing] because it is important to have a debate," he told The Times.

"You can only have a debate if there is a choice of candidates, and there is no debate if there is no choice."

Ward joined the FIA as director general of the FIA European Bureau in Brussels, and has worked with the British government and European Parliament on behalf of the FIA.

He would need to secure the support of a minimum number of national organisations to confirm his candidacy, but could find backing for his bid from FIA-affiliated organisations not directly involved in motorsport.

Todt, now approaching the end of his four-year reign at the top, expects to stand for a second term but has not yet formally confirmed his plans.

His premiership has been divisive, particularly over issues of rising organisational costs and his ordering of the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix to go ahead against a backdrop of political upheaval and unrest.

It will be a crucial election for both F1 and the FIA, with several critical decisions still outstanding.

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has still not concluded the tripartite 'Concorde Agreement' which defines the commercial relationship of the teams, the FIA and F1 owners CVC Capital; there is still no tyre contact in place for next year; and mooted cost-cutting initiatives remain a bone of contention among all parties.

Ecclestone has also been formally indicted over his role in the sale of F1 to CVC, which could impact upon his control of the sport.

This year's general assembly will meet on December 6.

shares
comments
Van der Garde not worried he may be replaced by Kovalainen

Previous article

Van der Garde not worried he may be replaced by Kovalainen

Next article

Hungarian GP preview quotes: Force India

Hungarian GP preview quotes: Force India
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
The clues Hamilton’s F1 contract afterthought gives to his future Plus

The clues Hamilton’s F1 contract afterthought gives to his future

The Formula 1 world reacted with surprise when it learned Lewis Hamilton’s long-awaited new Mercedes deal guarantees his presence on the grid only until the end of 2021. Both parties claimed publicly they were happy with the arrangement but, asks MARK GALLAGHER, is there more to it than that?

How a harshly ejected Red Bull star has been hooked by racing again Plus

How a harshly ejected Red Bull star has been hooked by racing again

Driver-turned-DJ Jaime Alguersuari lost his love for motorsport when he was booted out of Formula 1 just as he was starting to polish his rough edges. Having drifted from category to category then turned his back on racing altogether in 2015, he’s come full circle and is planning a return in karts for fun

Why Mercedes isn't confident it's really ahead of Red Bull at Imola Plus

Why Mercedes isn't confident it's really ahead of Red Bull at Imola

While Mercedes struck back against Red Bull by topping the times at Imola on Friday ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the overall picture remains incredibly close. Despite having a possible edge this weekend, the reigning Formula 1 world champion squad is not taking anything for granted...

Formula 1
Apr 16, 2021
What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track Plus

What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track

Mercedes may find itself leading the drivers' and constructors' standings after Lewis Hamilton's victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix, but it is well-aware that it came against the odds, with Red Bull clearly ahead on pace. Here's what the Brackley team must do to avoid its crown slipping

Formula 1
Apr 16, 2021
Why Tsunoda can become Japan’s greatest F1 talent Plus

Why Tsunoda can become Japan’s greatest F1 talent

While Japan's fever for motor racing is well-documented, the country has yet to produce a Formula 1 superstar – but that could be about to change, says BEN EDWARDS

Formula 1
Apr 15, 2021
Why the demise of F1's hypocritical spending habit is cause for celebration Plus

Why the demise of F1's hypocritical spending habit is cause for celebration

For too long, F1's richest teams have justified being able to spend as much as they want because that's the way they've always conducted their business. STUART CODLING says that's no reason not to kick a bad habit

Formula 1
Apr 14, 2021
The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate Plus

The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate

It's been a tough start to Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin F1 career, with a lack of pre-season testing mileage followed by an incident-packed Bahrain GP. But two key underlying factors mean a turnaround is not guaranteed

Formula 1
Apr 14, 2021
The diva that stole a march on F1’s wide-bodied opposition Plus

The diva that stole a march on F1’s wide-bodied opposition

In 2017 new F1 technical regulations were supposed to add drama - and peg Mercedes back. STUART CODLING looks at the car which, while troubled, set the stage for the wide-bodied Formula 1 era

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2021