Here’s another one that’ll probably go straight into the “not bound for United States shores” file: the Ford S-Max concept, which will make its grand debut at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show. Ford says the S-Max previews a “future sport activity vehicle,” which may, in fact, be contemporary PR-speak for “mini-minivan.”
The FIA Foundation’s director general, David Ward, has resigned his post in order to challenge Jean Todt for the FIA presidency.
In a statement, Ward said: “After much careful thought I have decided to stand as a candidate in the 2013 FIA presidential election. The election period begins in September and it will be necessary for me to approach FIA members to secure nominations. In these circumstances I think that the correct course of action is to resign.
Bernie Ecclestone has downplayed Michelin’s prospects of replacing Pirelli as F1’s sole tire supplier, despite the French company formally confirming to the FIA that it is interested in the role.
Ecclestone has always been close to Pirelli, while FIA President Jean Todt is known to be sympathetic to Michelin. Exactly how the tire saga will play out in the coming weeks remains to be seen, but the bottom line is that time is running out for all concerned.