Posted on October 9, 2013

FIA president Jean Todt this week set out his agenda for a second term in office, with the launch of his new website Jean Todt and Team. Todt’s challenge is to demonstrate what has been achieved in his four years at the helm of the FIA and to get the electorate, which comprises sporting and mobility clubs around the world, to consider him a safe pair of hands which is on a pathway of modernisation of the institution. Much of what has been achieved is outside the world of F1 and of the leading FIA championships. The website says, “Jean More…

Posted on September 10, 2013

David Ward, who is opposing Jean Todt for the presidency of the FIA has launched a second press release in two days (the third in the last five days), accusing Todt of misusing the office of president to campaign for votes. “The FIA arranges and pays for meetings around the world, including to discuss how regions will benefit from future FIA activities and resources,” says Ward’s statement. “It emerges that, at these meetings, a number of clubs have been asked to sign formal written commitments to support Jean Todt’s re-election bid, in the form of ‘support agreements’.” Ward’s own comment More…

Posted on September 6, 2013

David Ward, who is standing against Jean Todt as FIA president in elections on December 6, has published his manifesto, billed as an “Agenda for Change”. This is a significant moment for F1, as the series is the crown jewel of the federation’s sporting properties and generates the bulk of its income. Todt has negotiated a significant increase in annual fees from Bernie Ecclestone to €25 million (as well as €15 million from the teams as a licencing fee) and Ward wants to continue with that and keep the money within the sport, to continue the programme of professionalising smaller More…

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