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.