FIA to change election rules weeks before vote

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With the weeks ticking down to the crucial FIA vote on who will take over as president, the governing body of Formula One and other world motor sports has proposed a change to the rules governing the election.

The proposed change will mean presidential candidates will have to assemble a cabinet of 11 supporters for the election, rather than the previous 17.

David Ward, who is standing against incumbent Jean Todt, says the late change in the rules proves his point about the FIA being unfit to carry out its responsibilities.

Ward is pushing for further changes, including the democratic election of vice presidents. “This would follow the precedent already used for the vice presidents for Mobility who are elected by their regions independently,” said Ward. “This approach is both much simpler, more democratic and accountable.”

However according to Ward when he put the proposal to FIA senate president Nick Craw (also president and CEO of the Sports Car Club of America), Craw told him: “the idea of electing sport VPs democratically is not practical”.

Ward disputes that claim, saying: “It seems to work perfectly well in electing vice presidents for Mobility so why not in the Sport as well?”

The election is due to take place on December 6th.

MRTI: pre-season testing Day 3 notebook

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Day 3 of pre-season testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway saw the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda continue testing for the second day in a row, with each series completing three sessions on what was their final day of running.

Quick reports on both series are below.

Pro Mazda: Cunha Surges to the Front

While Saturday saw Pro Mazda newcomers like Oliver Askew, Parker Thompson, and Rinus VeeKey lead the way, Sunday saw a pair of second-year Pro Mazda drivers take their turns at the top of the speed charts. In the combined results, Juncos Racing’s Carlos Cunha turned the fastest lap of the final session, also good enough to be the outright fastest lap of the weekend, taking advantage of a fresh set of Cooper Tires to do so.

“I’m really happy, Juncos Racing is an amazing team,” Cunha said of the team’s performance. “On track, we are always improving, never going backwards and that’s very good. We have tested a lot but we still need to learn a lot about the car, though we are almost to a perfect setup. The team has given me everything I need to be comfortable inside the car, to know what the car needs, and to know what I need to be a better driver. We have time to improve and we are moving forward quickly.”

Fellow sophomore driver Sting Ray Robb, now with Team Pelfrey, was right behind Cunha in second.

Combined results across both Saturday and Sunday can be found here.

USF2000: Kirkwood, Cape Motorsports Stay On Top of Deep USF2000 Field

New Cape Motorsports driver Kyle Kirkwood, who topped Session 2 on Saturday, stayed on top of the combined speed charts across the weekend on the strength of his best lap from Session 3 of the weekend on Saturday.

Pabst Racing’s Rasmus Lindh was right behind Kirkwood, on the strength of his quick lap from Session 1.

However, Sunday’s running saw a different driver assert his authority, with Kaylen Frederick, Lindh’s teammate at Pabst, turning the fastest lap during the final session.

Frederick ended up fourth in the combined results, which can be viewed here.

The Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires will take to the Homestead-Miami road course on Monday for the final day of testing for the Mazda Road to Indy.

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