David Ward has stepped down as Director of the FIA foundation to challenge Jean Todt for the FIA presidency elections later this year. His statement reads:
"After much careful thought I have decided to stand as a candidate in the 2013 FIA Presidential election," he 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."
Although Jean Todt is firm favourite to win the election he has not formally confirmed he is standing for a second term. Ward may well have a decent shot as he has plenty of experience as a key advisor to Max Mosely the former FIA president before taking up his current post in 2001.