The battle for the FIA presidency continues to ramp up as candidate David Ward has engaged in a battle of letters with one of Jean Todt’s key supporters.
Ward has maintained from the start that Todt acted improperly by getting letters of support from the FIA regions while travelling the world on FIA business.
Last week Jorge Tomasi, President of the Automobile Club of Uruguay, wrote to Ward expressing his displeasure at the accusations. Sources close to Todt suggest that Ward may have misjudged the mood with an approach that could be deemed condescending to FIA members.
Ward has now responded with a letter of his own.
A release from the Ward camp today began: “David Ward has warned that his rival Jean Todt has ‘jump started’ the FIA’s election race, breaking rules that threaten to undermine the fairness of the FIA’s 2013 presidential contest.”
In his letter to Tomasi Ward said: “The use of support letters well in advance of the Presidential election period a serious breach of the FIA laws, rules and regulations…They should not have happened, and the breach of the rules should be investigated and subject to an appropriate penalty.
He added: “At the very least it would be in the best interest of the FIA if all the support letters signed before September 6th now be revoked. By declaring them to be null and void, all the clubs involved would be released from any obligation they feel they may have unwittingly made before the election process had officially begun. The FIA membership can then engage in the election process transparently, without prior commitment, and make their choice based on a fair comparison of the candidates and their respective manifestoes.”
Todt himself has yet to publish a manifesto or issue any kind of formal press statement, but clearly this battle is going to get messier.
The letters can be found here:David Ward, FIA, Jean Todt