MONZA, Italy (AP) — International Automobile Federation President Jean Todt confirmed Sunday that he will stand for re-election later this year.
"There is no speculation, I will go for it," Todt said ahead of the Italian Grand Prix.
Todt, who has been the FIA president since 2009, faces strong competition from David Ward, a former adviser to ex-president Max Mosley.
Asked about his rival, Todt said "in life you must respect freedom of everyone. So I really do respect him."
Ward, who recently resigned from his longstanding position as director general of the FIA foundation, published a manifesto Friday, calling for a range of reforms at motorsports' governing body and saying that Todt has "fallen short" on what he proposed four years ago.
"All our community knows that I have a lot of support, and we have started something," Todt said. "It is like climbing a mountain. We try to climb up and up, but we are at 3000m (meters). So there is still some way to go."
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