Ward to be candidate for FIA presidency
29 August 2013 – FIA President Jean Todt will face a challenge in his bid for re-election to the governing body’s top post, with David Ward confirming that he intends to run against the Frenchman ahead of the scheduled voting process later this year.
Ward, a close friend of Max Mosley, has resigned from his position as Director General of the FIA Foundation ahead of his involvement in the December ballot. Having campaigned on behalf of Todt during the 67-year-old's successful 2009 bid, the Briton has now reversed his support for the current incumbent.
"After much careful thought I have decided to stand as a candidate in the 2013 FIA Presidential election," Ward said in a statement issued on the FIA Foundation website. "The election period begins in September and it will be necessary for me to approach FIA members to secure nominations. In these circumstances I think that the correct course of action is to resign.
"Election processes inevitably involve robust and lively debate, and whilst the Foundation is independent and there is no legal requirement for me to resign, I believe that it is in the best interests of the charity that I stand down now."
Although widely expected to seek a second term, Todt is yet to formally declare his intentions. Despite stating in 2009 that he would only run for one election cycle, he has recently hinted at a desire to continue in the role.