Todt has strong support
A number of F1's leading team principals are supporting Jean Todt in his bid for re-election as president of the FIA.
Todt confirmed during the course of the Italian Grand Prix weekend at Monza he is to seek a second term in office, with his opposition being his former campaign aide David Ward.
The 57-year-old Englishman recently stepped down as director general of the FIA Foundation after 12 years to stand against Todt, running a manifesto entitled 'Agenda for Change'.
The likes of Martin Whitmarsh, Stefano Domenicali, Christian Horner and Ross Brawn believe, however, with Todt in charge it represents stability at a crucial time for F1 given the change in regulations.
Brawn, who worked alongside Todt for a decade at Ferrari, said: "I know Jean very well, and I think stability and consistency are very important.
"Jean has taken a quiet line, particularly in terms of Formula One, which for those us who have experienced the other end of the scale, is welcome.
"Jean has stabilised the situation and wants to move on to progress things. I know the huge commitment he makes to the sport overall.
"We are part of motorsport, but there are a huge amount of other things going on he's active in.
"So the opportunity to do another period as a president of the FIA is important, that we have that continuity."
The election takes place on December 6.
Whitmarsh has worked in the eras overseen by former presidents Max Mosley and Jean-Marie Balestre, and now Todt.
He said: "Jean has not used this sport for his own ego, which I think is very tempting. I won't go back into the past but I've seen and survived so far three presidents - only just, one of them - but I think Jean has acted in the interests of motorsport.
"For some people there hasn't been enough commotion, action, controversy around him. Those are good in some people's minds.
"But for those of us that participate in the sport, having some consistency, someone who takes decisions in the interests of the sport quietly and efficiently is very beneficial."
Domenicali, meanwhile, echoed Brawn's words as he said: "In Formula One it's important to proceed with stability and continuity. It's one of the things we are always missing.
"I believe it is important to keep this relationship with the FIA, so I would like to see this happening."
As for Horner, he claimed Todt has so far "done a very good job in his presidency".
Ward, however, has accused Todt of using FIA resources in a bid to secure votes ahead of the election later this year, suggesting the gloves are clearly off between the two.
Ward is to this week file a complaint to the FIA's ethics committee regarding apparent attempts to distort the election process.
Ward suggests Todt has been using the body's resources to try to pre-determine the election outcome even before the process has begun.
The FIA arranges and pays for meetings around the world, including to discuss how regions will benefit from future FIA activities and resources.
Ward claims at these meetings a number of clubs have been asked to sign formal written commitments to support Todt's re-election bid in the form of 'support agreements'.
A photograph on Ward's campaign website - wardandteam2013.com - shows Todt holding up a letter of support following a meeting in Uruguay in March.
Ward said: "It is vital the FIA election processes are conducted in a fair, democratic and transparent manner.
"I believe that demanding signature of support agreements in these circumstances represents a serious violation of the FIA's rules, regulations and ethical code.
"The complaint will enable the ethics committee to investigate the legitimacy of these agreements, the circumstances in which signatures were demanded, and whether it is an appropriate use of the FIA's resources for its staff and management to pursue Mr Todt's personal re-election ambitions at official FIA regional meetings."