Sep.25 (GMM) A name has now emerged, amid rumours a third candidate for December's FIA presidential elections is looming.
Briton David Ward has already entered the race to de-throne Jean Todt, but F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone this week hinted that a third contender might be waiting in the wings.
"Maybe it (Ward's candidature) has opened the door for other potential candidates," he told Auto Motor und Sport.
A name, mentioned not only by Auto Motor und Sport but also separately by Speed Week, has now emerged -- Mohammad Bin Sulayem.
He is known as the highest ranking motor racing official in the United Arab Emirates, and formerly a strong supporter of Max Mosley.
The 51-year-old, a former Middle East rally champion, also made headlines a few years ago when he crashed a modern Renault Formula One car at an event in Dubai.
Speed Week quoted an insider as saying: "He would be a dangerous rival for Todt and Ward, because there are many out there who would support him more than the Frenchman and his (British) challenger."