Jean Todt has finally indicated he intends to fight for his role as FIA president.
Challenger David Ward has already published his manifesto as he seeks election in December, while incumbent Todt had yet to even say he will push for a second term.
"I guess to have an election you've got to have more than one candidate," said Red Bull team boss Christian Horner at Monza.
Finally on Saturday, on a visit to the Italian grand prix, Frenchman Todt told Auto Motor und Sport: "Why should I not want to finish what I have started?"
Also on Saturday, former Ferrari driver and ex Toro Rosso co-owner Gerhard Berger backtracked on earlier comments in which he suggested Todt's reign had not been good for F1.
"Jean Todt is 25 years a friend of mine and the reason why I do certain things in the FIA," the Austrian, also at Monza, told Reuters.
"And I support the FIA and Jean, just to clarify this.
"I would be very surprised if Jean does not stay long term in this role," added Berger.