Mohammad Bin Sulayem has not denied speculation he is set to become a third candidate for the FIA presidency.
David Ward has already entered the race to dethrone incumbent Jean Todt in December's elections, but the latest rumour is that the Briton was only ever a 'straw man' precursor for Bin Sulayem's real bid.
Bin Sulayem, a former rally driver, is the highest ranking motor racing official in the Middle East, and already an FIA vice-president.
A spokesman for the 51-year-old said he was aware of the latest speculation.
"It can be confirmed that he has been contacted in recent weeks by a number of ASC's (national sporting authorities) from around the world who have expressed a desire...
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