Vote Todt, get Mosley?

Would Max Mosley be Jean Todt's choice for F1 Commissioner?

Would Max Mosley be Jean Todt's choice for F1 Commissioner?

Reading Jean Todt’s FIA election manifesto, one line jumped out at me:

For each FIA World Championship we propose appointing a Commissioner responsible for the Federation?s day to day management and governance of the championship.

Now, who do you think Todt might have in mind for the job of F1 Commissioner?

One name springs to mind given what Todt has already told us his plans are for the FIA:

It is my intention to continue and expand the outstanding work of President Mosley, who for 16 years has worked tirelessly to strengthen the FIA??s major motor sport championships and to position the FIA as the voice of the motoring public, actively promoting safe, clean and affordable mobility for all.

Mosley used the letter to the FIA confirming he would not stand for president again to endorse Todt as his preferred choice of successor – a move that angered Todt’s election rival Ari Vatanen.

In addition to the promise to set up commissioners for the different FIA world championships there is a proposal to set up a Stewards Review Group to look into the many examples of inconsistent, unjust and arbitrary justice (my language, not theirs) meted out in F1 and other championships.

Both these ideas may be fine in principle, but what matters is the people in charge. FOTA stuck to their guns to get rid of Mosley, and they (and most of the fans) will not be impressed to see him return by the back door.

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61 comments on Vote Todt, get Mosley?

  1. IDR said on 6th August 2009, 8:27

    I really don’t know how much Tod is linked to Max.

    He could be acting as: “Thanks Max everything you have done is great” and then change everything.

    The power of the votes are in MotorClubs that have almost nothing to do with motorsport, and seems to me this has been one of the keys of a Max long period as President.

    So, maybe, Jean Tod is just taking the advantage of being recommended by the person who has been able to keep the votation process under control.

    Or maybe not…

    • Bigbadderboom said on 6th August 2009, 19:21

      Agreed, Jean Todt may prove to be simply being “Polite” to Max, in political terms. Jean is a very independent and strong character, and may be paying lip service for Max’s support.
      I would like to give him the benefit of the doubt, for him to appoint Max as commissioner for Formula 1 may well be a nightmare scenario, I don’t think it likely in the cold light of day. F1 has suffered too much bad publicity and has walked a very fine line with sponsors, supporters and broadcasters. Some of this was from within the paddock and some from outside with Max and his extraordinary activities! But Jean will be the first to realise that the sport needs stability and a period of peace, to help attract the new sponsors that will be required to replace the likes of ING and to assist the new teams. Unfortunatley the lifeblood of F1 is money and not the fans, it is a fact of all modern popular sport. And the back door appointment of Max as a commissioner would be a big turn off for these sponsors. So although nice to debate, it is unlikely, although I do agree the appointment of Jean Todt is a forgone conclusion.

  2. I agree with the idea of having a different Commissioner responsible for each series.

    I assume as this is just a proposal of what Todt will do if he wins, it won’t be like his Cabinet where he has to name them all before the election. I could quite easily believe that Mosley would get the job, I have always thought that even after he steps down as President Mosley would still have considerably influence over F1 one way or another.

  3. net.sticks said on 6th August 2009, 17:06

    This would be really perverted – really – you guys even doubt? It is expected, that in any form or shave, Mad Max retirement will be just a way to ******** F1 Team yet again, passing the torch to an old friend that will reciprocate and hand over the power back to Mad Max…

    For that and EVERYTHING ELSE, please let ARI VATANEN win!!!

  4. Bernard said on 7th August 2009, 13:55

    Vote Todt, get Roger(ed).

  5. Adrian said on 7th August 2009, 15:19

    Don’t see him appointing Mosley, simply because it would overshadow his presidency.

    But even if he did, let’s not too carried away since the Concorde Agreement is back in place so any rule changes for F1 have to go through the procedures laid out in there. Max wouldn’t have the same level of influence that he has the last few years.

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