The Briton confirmed back in August that he would be running against incumbent president Jean Todt in during the December elections, with the Frenchman set to come to the end of his first five year term at the head of world motorsport at the turn of the year. In recent weeks, Ward has attacked some of Todt’s decisions as he looks to offer an alternative stance to the electorate.
In an interview with the BBC, Ward confirmed that he still had reservations over the race in Bahrain due to a series of incidents in the nation following the Arab Spring. This resulted in the 2011 race being cancelled, but the sport returned just one year later with no major problems. However, Ward is still keen on re-opening Bahrain’s file after an investigation commissioned by Jean Todt in 2011 was deemed to be inconclusive.
“The important thing is to be neutral,” Ward explained. “What is merited is an investigatory visit: look at things on the ground, talk to all sides as far as is possible and make a judgement based on that.”
The race has been a mainstay on the calendar since the inaugural event back in 2004, but with an already-swelling schedule featuring twenty-two races in 2014, it would be unlikely that Ward would have any concerns about cancelling the race should it be deemed unsafe or unsuitable.