The fight for the FIA presidency

The fight for the FIA presidency

The first, though not necessarily last, candidate to challenge Jean Todt for the FIA presidency emerged last month. Dieter Rencken looks at the story behind David Ward

Two fatalities in May 1994 shaped motorsport beyond all recognition: that of Ayrton Senna on May 1, and the passing of the Rt Hon John Smith just 10 days later.

Smith is largely unknown among motorsport aficionados. Yet the fatal heart attack suffered by the British Labour Party opposition leader on May 11 1994 shaped the world of motoring every bit as profoundly as did the death of Senna during the early years of Max Mosley's FIA presidency.

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