Incumbent FIA president Jean Todt will face a challenge to his re-election for the governing body’s top post at the end of the year, with David Ward confirming – as he had previously hinted – that he will run against the former Ferrari team principal.
The announcement came shortly after the news that Ward had resigned from his position as director-general of the FIA Foundation, a position he has held for over a decade.
Ward was a close ally of former FIA President Max Mosley, and helped campaign for Todt’s successful tilt at the Presidency in 2009. But now the Englishman has reversed his position and opted to run against the Frenchman ahead of the December ballot.
“After much careful thought I have decided to stand as a candidate in the 2013 FIA Presidential election,” Ward wrote in a statement published on the FIA Foundation’s 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 [as director-general].”
Todt’s position on his own re-election is not yet known, although it is widely felt that he will contest a second-term, despite indicating ahead of his 2009 campaign that he would only be a one-term President.