David Ward confirms bid for FIA presidency

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David Ward has today resigned from the FIA Foundation in order to challenge Jean Todt for the FIA Presidency later on this year.

The Briton, who has headed up the FIA Foundation since 2001, has thrown his hat into the ring to oppose former Ferrari CEO Todt in the upcoming elections that will play a large part in the direction that the organization takes in the coming years.

“After much careful thought I have decided to stand as a candidate in the 2013 FIA presidential election,” Ward explained. “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 played a big part in the growth of the FIA Foundation, with the charity promoting road safety and sustainable approaches to motoring and motor racing. However, he could be set to take the biggest job in world motorsport should he defeat Todt in the elections later on this year.

Incumbent president Todt is yet to formally confirm his involvement in the elections, but he is expected to run for a second term after defeating rally legend Ari Vatanen back in 2009 following the resignation of Max Mosley.

F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High: Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low: A poor opening two races in Australia and China.