Ben Sulayem opts out of FIA presidency race and backs Todt 20 October, 2013 Jean Todt with Mohammed Bin Sulayem and Bernie Ecclestone Jean Todt’s path to another term as FIA president just got a little easier as Mohammed Ben Sulayem, a FIA vice president, has endorsed the Frenchman and ended weeks of speculation that he may run for the presidency himself. Emirati Ben Sulayem, a legend in Middle East motor sport circles, said, “Following careful consideration, I can confirm that I have accepted Jean Todt’s invitation to support his re-election and [for me] to stand for a second term as FIA vice president for sport. It is now time to focus on the big issues facing the FIA.” Englishman David Ward remains as the sole candidate to challenge Todt, but is looking unlikely to enlist the 26 nominations required by mid-November. (GP247) Subbed by AJN. Reports on GrandPrix247.com by: staff & contributors, Reuters syndication, GMM service, Formula 1 teams, sponsors & organisations.