David Ward has confirmed that he is making a bid for the FIA Presidency. He says he will stand down after 12 years as head of the FIA Foundation and will hand over the role to his deputy Saul Billingsley.
“After much careful thought I have decided to stand as a candidate in the 2013 FIA Presidential election,” Ward said. “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 is not to be underestimated, not only because of his record with the FIA Foundation, but also because of work with the FIA during the Max Mosley era, where he was responsible for many keys ideas and campaigns.