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Todt confirms intention to stand for re-election

ESPN Staff
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Jean Todt was present in the Monza paddock on Saturday © Sutton Images

Jean Todt has confirmed he will stand for re-election as FIA president in the face of a challenge from David Ward.

Ever since Ward announced his candidacy it has been expected that Todt would seek a second term but there had been no official announcement. However, speaking in Monza on Saturday Todt confirmed his intention to run again and said he welcomed the challenge from Ward in the elections.

"Yesterday it was announced that campaigning for election was opening, and I will go for it," Todt said. "I really do respect [Ward] and you must respect the freedom of everyone, but I have a lot of support."

Todt also said he felt his job at the FIA is not yet complete and that he was relaxed about facing competition.

"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. It is now the FIA community who will decide if they want to elect me or not. Honestly, I am very relaxed on that."