Todt had a “jump start” in election, claims Ward

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FIA presidential election candidate David Ward has accused incumbent Jean Todt of a “serious breach” of the election rules as the row over Todt’s use of ‘support letters’ continues.

Ward claims Todt has broken FIA rules by using regional FIA events and meetings to obtain pledges of support for his candidacy before the beginning of the election period earlier this month.

In a letter to Jorge Tomasi Crisci, president of the Automobile Club of Uruguay, Ward said: “To use a sporting metaphor the support letters are like an illegal practice or a ‘jump start’ that has given Jean Todt an unfair advantage in the FIA’s election race. They should not have happened, and the breach of the rules should be investigated and subject to an appropriate penalty.”

Ward has formally complained to the FIA’s Ethics Committee over Todt’s conduct. Crisci wrote to Ward to defend the charges against Todt.

Ward added: “At the very least it would be in the best interest of the FIA if all the support letters signed before 6th September now be revoked.”

“By declaring them to be null and void, all the clubs involved would be released from any obligation they feel they may have unwittingly made before the election process had officially begun.”

The FIA president election will take place on December 6th.

Toro Rosso boss hopes to see Kvyat return to Formula 1

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Toro Rosso chief Franz Tost hopes to see sacked driver Daniil Kvyat return to Formula 1 in the near future, saying the Russian “deserves” a place on the grid.

Toro Rosso dropped Kvyat twice through the 2017 season due to poor form, with his final dismissal coming after the United States Grand Prix in October.

Kvyat is no longer part of Red Bull’s motorsport program and is exploring options both inside and outside of F1 for 2018, and Tost feels he could be energized by some time away before returning.

“I am still convinced that Daniil has a very high natural speed. He was sometimes even faster than Daniel Riccardo, but somehow last year and this year he couldn’t show the potential that is within him,” Tost told the official F1 website.

“He was involved in many incidents, but in his defence I also have to say that he had many reliability issues and that didn’t help build up confidence. Being the victim of too many incidents killed the performance he would have been able to show.

“Maybe a short break – to get organized again – and probably we will see Daniil back at his usual performance level with another team.

“Sometimes he was too aggressive at the beginning of the race. The first corner was his weak point. He wanted too much in the first hundred meters – success by any means!

“That puts you under pressure – unnecessary pressure – and that never works.

“I hope for him that he gets another chance, as I think he deserves to be in F1.”