It had been expected that Todt would stand for re-election ever since it was announced that David Ward would contest for FIA presidency, but there was no official announcement.
Ward, who resigned from his role as FIA Foundation director general to contest Todt, recently outlined his intentions in a document titled “Agenda for Change” that was posted on his website, with “effectiveness” and “accountability” being two main slogans for his campaign.
There was also the possibility that Todt would not contest Ward, but he has now officially confirmed his intentions in the Monza paddock.
Speaking on Saturday he said: “Yesterday it was announced that campaigning for election was opening, and I will go for it. I really do respect [Ward] and you must respect the freedom of everyone, but I have a lot of support.”
Todt dismissed speculation that he wouldn’t stand for re-election, saying that his job at the FIA is not yet complete and that he still has plenty to achieve: “There is no speculation – I will go for it. We have started something (at the FIA). It is like climbing a mountain. We try to climb up and up, and we are at 3,000 metres, but there is still some way to go.”
He added that he is very relaxed about the up-coming elections: “It is now the FIA community who will decide if they want to elect me or not. Honestly, I am very relaxed on that.”
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