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DavidWard_FIADavid Ward, who is challenging Jean Todt for the FIA Presidency, has admitted he might give up his bid to become president.

Earlier, it was rumoured Ward's candidature to dethrone Jean Todt was a mere 'straw man' precursor to the real challenge to be made by Mohammad Bin Sulayem.

A spokesman for Bin Sulayem, the highest-ranking Middle Eastern FIA official, admitted the former rally driver has been encouraged to run but has made no decision yet.

Now, Briton Ward has been quoted by the Telegraph admitting that he could stand aside for Bin Sulayem if he has a better chance of success.

"If Mohammed thinks that my reform agenda is worthwhile and, if he is prepared to give solid undertakings and commitments to introduce it, then (standing aside) is something that I should look at," said Ward.

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It's difficult to write a brief statement about a sport I literally grew up with, and have dearly loved for decades, and then watched deteriorate into the mess we have today. Not so long ago, Formula One was about incredibly gifted, mature and courageous men and women with strong public personalities, designing, building and driving insanely dangerous, powerful and gawdawfully loud cars, all unique in one way or another, on tracks rich in history, filled with knowledgeable fans who followed and understood every detail of the sport. Now, as they say, ... not so much. To over-simplify a complex issue; the Formula One we have today is dull when compared to Formula One just a few years ago. And it's getting duller by the minute. I'm positive that any details of F1's self-inflicted suicide that I include will be quickly and intelligently shot-down, one by one, so I'll just say this; I sincerely hope that Liberty truly understands and loves what they have purchased, and that they will try to reverse the general direction F1 has been going for the past few years. This includes everything from design, presentation, tracks and it especially includes access. And I mean ACCESS! ... in every way possible, making it dead-simple and dirt-cheap - if not totally free of charge - for anyone and everyone, most especially young boys and girls, to once again see F1 from top to bottom, front to back. That is the only way Liberty and whoever else is involved can restore and rebuild the fan-base that made Formula One the great sporting event, and great human event, that it once was. And, yes, dear critic, now shaking your head with a slight, knowing grin, it can be done. And it must be done, unless you want to see F1 go the same route the America's Cup, Indy 500 and even NASCAR are going, all of them drained of almost all real drama, replaced by make-believe drama, as a result of trying to squeeze every last dime out of a shrinking fan-base in order to meet an ever-expanding payroll. (Since I'm a total stranger to almost everyone reading this, this might help explain where I'm coming from, opinion-wise: I think, and know, that Steve McQueen's "Le Mans" was the best movie ever made about racing, and that the film "Grand Prix" was essentially a comedy.)
Last replied by Chuck Lantz on Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Bernard, you make some interesting points, but I have a question for you. How easy would it be to construct a car that is more spectacular, faster and more entertaining than an F1 car? If 3 liters was good would 4 or 5 be better? Would V10s and V12s sound better? Would those engines married to a Red Bull X1 be more exciting? Oh, by the way we wouldn't limit what the teams could say to the driver over the radio either. I bet it could be cheaper too. Then you might focus it in the world's largest advertising market. Do you know where that is?
Last replied by Stanford Crane on Wednesday, 06 July 2016
I actually think Bernie has done a great job bringing F1 to a high level. It's a sport with great big egos, from the factories to the TV partners to the FIA and holding it together is a massive challenge, which Bernie has accepted and, on balance, met. The complaints leveled at Bernie should frequently be directed at the FIA instead. The current cars sound awful, look awful and don't provide the spectacle that was Formula 1 because of the dumb rules put in place by the FIA. The same is true of the costs. Bernie has argued for years that teams should be allowed to have three cars, but the FIA rebuffed him on every occasion. Ditto in season testing. The bribery settlement was great for the sport, although I certainly can't endorse the behavior that lead to the settlement. Whoever replaces Bernie, eventually will have very big shoes to fill.
Last replied by Stanford Crane on Thursday, 07 August 2014
i think its great that a US team are having a go at F1, i have to say though that i don't think it will increase the popularity of the series over there, i think that F1 needs some major changes for that to ever happen. Bear in mind that F1 is already pretty popular in the USA with a good core following, but there will always be a "not invented here" blockage to any mass acceptance. i sincerely hope they can do well and not just trail around at the back, question is do they know and can they learn what it takes to win in F1 compared to other series. as for the sponsorship side i can't see many US global brands backing it, because again i don't think they understand what F1 is all about and how to really benefit from the exposure and costs involved. F1 needs the USA but the USA doesn't need F1. if anyone fancies putting together a British indycar team for next year gimme a shout, we could get some serious publicity with that one. Geoff.
Last replied by Geoff Bye on Monday, 14 April 2014
Anything that helps NASCAR seem fresh can only help. They peaked in 2006. Actually I think this would be fabulous for hockey and lacrosse too.
Last replied by Stanford Crane on Thursday, 16 January 2014
Basically, I have to agree with Tom, Stanford and Geoff! The utter nonsensical approach to giving double points in the last race of the year, especially at a track that does little of nothing to promote actual racing and overtaking makes a mockery of the earlier part of the season. If there was ever a reason for drivers to approach races like Prost and Senna did during the 80's and early 90's (remember Suzuka, twice), then this is just the formula for it. Imagine if someone is at least a "normal" race win ahead in the championship come Abu Dhabi. Usually he would arrive at the race as World Champion elect. Now he has to ensure he finishes the race with enough points to ensure that a win for his rival doesn't take him past his supposedly unassailable position and on top of that, he has to watch out from being "accidently" taken out by his rival's team mate or another allied car. Nowadays it takes a very small touch to puncture a back tyre and you are suddenly running at the back of the field, that's if you are lucky enough to have got the car back to the pits without any substantial aero damage! No FIA, tinker around with something else, give a point or two for a pole position but please don't try and "manufacture" races, especially on a track that just doesn't "do" racing or even for that matter, overtaking!
Last replied by Graham Harris on Thursday, 19 December 2013
There is no doubt that if Silverstone is to compete with the best circuits in the world then major investment is required - from major landscaping enhancements all the way through to a new main stand and hotel complex. It is a much loved circuit but I do not feel a full vision for the place has been established. Perhaps a design and vision competition could be set up to look for ideas.
Last replied by Marcel Ridyard on Monday, 16 September 2013
As a big fan of Indycar and Nascar, having spent a lot of time in the USA motorsport scene when I was with Lola, I see exactly where you're coming from. I wish more people would make the effort to go and watch oval track racing.
Last replied by Brian Sims on Monday, 01 July 2013 filesmonster