Jean Todt with the support letter from the meeting in Uruguay held in March

Photo: Jean Todt with the support letter from the meeting in Uruguay held in March.

David Ward, a candidate in the FIA 2013 Presidential election, will this week file a complaint to the Federation’s Ethics Committee about attempts to distort the FIA’s election process. It appears that the FIA’s current Presidency has been using FIA resources to try to predetermine the election outcome even before the process had begun.

The FIA arranges and pays for meetings around the world, including to discuss how regions will benefit from future FIA activities and resources. It emerges that, at these meetings, a number of clubs have been asked to sign formal written commitments to support Jean Todt’s re-election bid, in the form of ‘support agreements’.

Commenting on the complaint David Ward said “It is vital that the FIA election processes are conducted in a fair, democratic and transparent manner. I believe that demanding signature of support agreements in these circumstances represents a serious violation of the FIA’s rules, regulations and ethical code. The complaint will enable the Ethics Committee to investigate the legitimacy of these agreements, the circumstances in which signatures were demanded, and whether it is an appropriate use of the FIA’s resources for its staff and management to pursue Mr. Todt’s personal re-election ambitions at official FIA regional meetings”.