David Ward

Ward confirms he will oppose Todt in FIA election

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

David WardDavid Ward has confirmed he will contest current FIA president Jean Todt in the forthcoming elections.

Ward made the announcement after resigning as FIA Foundation Director General.

“After much careful thought I have decided to stand as a candidate in the 2013 FIA presidential election,” said Ward. “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.”

Ward has a strong background in road safety and environmental issues related to motoring. He was the director general of the FIA Foundation which promotes road safety and sustainable transport.

He spent more than a decade on the board of the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) and is now trustee and secretary general of the Global New Car Assessment Programme.

Ward has also been heavily involved in the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety, an initiative which has been strongly promoted by the FIA.

Earlier in his career Ward was a policy adviser to Labour party leader John Smith until the latter’s death in 1994.

He became involved with the FIA two years later as an advisor to then-president Max Mosley. Since losing the presidency to Todt in 2009 Mosley has continued to work with Ward via his chairmanship of Global NCAP.

Todt has generally kept a low profile in his role as FIA president, with a few exceptions. His handling of the persistent controversies surrounding the Bahrain Grand Prix attracted criticism, particularly in 2011 when the FIA made repeated efforts to ensure the race would go ahead despite the political turmoil in the country at the time.

Todt is also yet to conclude a commercial deal with F1 rights holder Bernie Ecclestone, although “an agreement setting out the framework for implementation” of a deal was announced last month.

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