Another tumultuous year of F1 politics in 2009 culminated in Max Mosley’s decision not to stand for re-election, paving the way for Jean Todt to be elected his successor.
Today we start a new series of articles on F1 Fanatic to monitor what Todt is doing for the sport and whether F1 fans think he is doing a good job. Join in below.
The FIA president’s approval rating
American readers – or anyone with an interest in US politics – will be familiar with the regular approval ratings taken to gauge public opinion of how well the president is performing.
We’re going to do a similar thing and poll the public on Todt’s performance once a month to build up a view of how opinion of him changes over time.
We’ll use a question similar to the standard phrase put before Americans: “Do you approve or disapprove of the way [the president] is handling his job as President?”
Jean Todt’s presidency: the first three months
Todt got his feet under the desk in October and we’ve recently begun to see the first significant developments for F1 since he took charge.
These included the surprising announcement of a new points system, covered here:
- Race winners could get 25 points in 2010
- FIA confirms new points system in 2010
- Think the new F1 points system is weird? We?óÔé¼Ôäóve seen much stranger than that?óÔé¼?ª
Several changes to F1 stewarding have also been announced including the abolition of the non-voting Chairman position (previously held by Alan Donnelly) and the introduction of experienced drivers to offer insight into controversial incidents.
More on those changes and other tweaks to the 2010 F1 rules below:
- F1 stewarding gets another overhaul
- Updated 2010 F1 rules include new testing, engine and safety car regulations
The FIA has also announced teams will be able to nominate judges who can sit on FIA International Court of Appeal hearings next year. It has also invited proposals for further changes to F1 this year in an effort to – in its own words -“improve the show”.
Two potentially significant steps in a wider motor racing context – which will surely have a bearing on F1 – concern green technologies and women in motor sport.
Todt has hired Gilles Simon, who headed the engine development team at Ferrari until last year, to contribute to the Environment Working Group. Todt expressed regret that with KERS being dropped this year F1 will not be playing a role in developing greener motoring technologies.
Similarly a new working group has been established to promote the role of women at all levels of motor sport.
It was clear last year that Todt’s rival Ari Vatanen was the preferred choice of F1 fans. Has Todt done anything yet to improve his standing in the eyes of fans? What do you think he’s got right – or wrong?
Vote below and keep an eye out for the regular vote appearing once a month at F1 Fanatic:
Read more: Jean Todt vs Ari Vatanen (Poll)