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.
Sunday’s United States Grand Prix could go down as a memorable race in Formula 1 history as both Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes bid to clinch their fourth world championships (live on NBC and NBC Sports app from 2pm ET).
Hamilton gave his chances of wrapping up the drivers’ title and re-claiming the crown he lost to Nico Rosberg in 2016 a world of good by charging to pole position on Saturday at the Circuit of The Americas.
However, with chief rival Sebastian Vettel starting second for Ferrari and a 16-point swing required, it seems likely that the title race could continue to next weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.
Nevertheless, here are the permutations for Lewis Hamilton to win his fourth F1 world title on Sunday in Austin, Texas.
- If Lewis Hamilton wins the race (25 points) and Sebastian Vettel finishes sixth or lower (maximum eight points), he is world champion.
- If Hamilton finishes second (18 points), Sebastian Vettel finishes ninth or lower (maximum two points), and Valtteri Bottas does not win the race, he is world champion.
While Hamilton’s coronation seems likely to be postponed until the next race in Mexico, Mercedes looks nailed-on to wrap up its fourth consecutive constructors’ championship in Sunday’s USGP.
The German marque currently leads Ferrari by 145 points in the teams’ standings, and requires a lead of 129 after the race to clinch the crown.
As a result, a double top-four finish from Hamilton and Bottas would be enough for Mercedes to wrap up the title, regardless of how Ferrari fares.
The success would see Mercedes become just the fourth team in F1 history take four straight constructors’ titles, following Red Bull (2010 to 2013), Ferrari (1999 to 2004) and McLaren (1988 to 1991).
The United States Grand Prix is live on NBC and the NBC Sports app from 2pm ET on Sunday.