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FIA to change election rules weeks before vote

Oct 22, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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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.

  1. apexassassin - Oct 22, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Lol, well at least the FIA/FOM hypocrisy knows no bounds and affects more than the racing, lol!

    I still say the French Hobbit deserves a second term!

  2. wallio - Oct 22, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Seriously. I get why everyone hated Max, that made sense. But what has Jean Todt that’s so bad? Besides he’s a racer, he used to rallye. We need someone who has actually done it before in there.

  3. bmcgrath2 - Oct 22, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    That picture has to be a gag, right?

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