The Todt Vote IV (Poll)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jean Todt accompanied by F1 drivers and former champions in Bahrain
Jean Todt accompanied by F1 drivers and former champions in Bahrain

Once a month we take a look at how FIA president Jean Todt is managing Formula 1 and ask whether the sport is going in the right direction on his watch.

Join in the debate and cast your vote below.

FIA developments since the last approval rating

The 13th team

US F1 failed to get their team ready in time for the start of the season and the FIA has announced it will consider taking action against them over the no-show.

Stefan GP’s pleas to be granted US F1’s place on the grid this year fell on deaf ears. Instead the FIA has opened applications for a 13th team to join next year. It will also appoint another team as a reserve entry, in case one of the current teams pulls out.

But could more have been done to ensure a 13-team grid this year?

Commission appointments

Several major commission appointments were announced including Michael Schumacher joining the Circuits’ Commission as the drivers’ representative.

Alan Donnelly has joined the Manufacturers’ Commission. But Todt has yet to fill the post of F1 Commissioner, a post he promised to create after his election.

World Motor Sports Council changes

In a significant move the FIA President no longer plays a role in World Motor Sports Council decisions. This has been a major bone of contention in recent years particularly during the spying row in 2007 and Singapore Grand Prix investigation last year.

The FIA president is still responsible for running the WMSC’s inquiries and deciding what cases should go before the WMSC.

Stewarding changes

Todt’s changes to F1 stewarding have been put into practice with several high-profile former and current drivers joining the stewards during Grand Prix weekends. So far these have included Alain Prost in Bahrain, Tom Kristensen in Australia, and Johnny Herbert at this weekend’s round in Malaysia.

They have not had any major controversies to rule on yet, with the most significant decision taken so far being Mark Webber’s reprimand for crashing into Lewis Hamilton during the Australian Grand Prix.


F1 faced a backlash after a dull season-opener at Bahrain. This came after Todt had specifically asked the teams to propose measures to “improve the show” this year, which led to the introduction of the rule forcing drivers who qualifying in the top ten to start the race on their qualifying tyres, and the tweaking of the new points system.

The FIA has not announced any further changes for the future other than the banning of double diffusers in 2011.

Calendar expansion

There could be as many as 20 races on the F1 calendar this year as the FIA has confirmed the Indian Grand Prix will be held in 2011.

Jean Todt’s Approval Rating

As an F1 fan, do you approve or disapprove of the way Jean Todt is handling his job as FIA President?

  • Approve (63%)
  • Disapprove (14%)
  • No opinion (23%)

Total Voters: 880

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Jean Todt?s Approval Rating so far

Date Approve Disapprove No opinion
March 2010 53% 24% 23%
February 2010 57% 14% 29%
January 2010 55% 16% 29%

Jean Todt’s Approval Rating

Image (C) Bridgestone

49 comments on “The Todt Vote IV (Poll)”

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  1. ‘banning of double diffusers in 2010.’
    2011 of course!

    I didn’t even know what todt has done so far, which is a good thing i suppose.

    1. If he is unvisible thats good. Not like old Mosley

  2. Last month I voted ”no opinion” but this month I change it to ”approve” because of how Stefan situation was handled and because I think former drivers as stewards are great idea.

  3. Voted approve.
    I approve of every category on there bar the “boring” one as I’m not sold on the quali tyre rule.

  4. Andrew White
    1st April 2010, 14:33

    I voted approve this time.

    I think USF1’s situation was not Todt’s fault (Mosley let them in) and not letting Stefan in, while annoying at the time, was probably the right decision.

    He also rode the media storm after Bahrain and did not introduce any mickey-mouse, knee-jerk rules, which I think Mosley may have done.

    The WMSC and stewarding changes are also an improvement. No steward intervention in any of the racing incidents at Australia was refreshing. A reprimand for Webber was the right decision IMO.

    1. It said my comment was too short. So much for brevity being the soul of wit.

      Now, on to the original comment>>>>>>>>

      Totally agree.

  5. I Voted no opinion this time, simply because while I think he’s been good at nearly everything the quali tyre rule, something it wouldn’t cost a thing or hurt anyone to get rid of, which ruins strategy an racing in the dry is still there.

    Get shot of it, an i’ll start approving again.

  6. Generally approve.

    I like how he’s distanced himself from the WMSC (though not enough for my liking) and put drivers in with the stewards. But I don’t think the new “improve the show” gimmicks have worked, and the leftover two-compound rule is counter-productive in its current form, and doesn’t go far enough, if we’re going to have it at all. I also don’t like the new points system, though it is rewarding a win well.

    1. Oh, and on the DDDs: I don’t approve of them going. Contrary to opinion (including my own a while back), they don’t make things worse for following a car. I think they’re just being banned to reduce cornering speeds, something the FIA has always been obsessed about, and in the name of cost-cutting. If we had DDDs and not much else then that would be better!

  7. This time around, i voted for approve. The changes made in governance (drivers join stewarding and WMSC procedure) are great steps towards fair trial and logical and predictable judgement.

    I am glad not to have heard any comments, nor knee jerk actions from him after Bahrain.
    The FIA are the rule makers, let the promotor and the participants have ideas to improve the racing and the show for the viewers, then the FIA can decide based on having even competition, safety and with an eye on cost and efficiency.

    The girlfriend between the world champions was a bad idea.

  8. Yeah, agree with others about Todt keeping a low profile.
    Also he hasn’t made any decisions that I dislike – Yet.

  9. I am not approving until the supremely stupid tyre change rules are withdrawn

  10. Seems to be doing sensible things so far and not on some kind of power trip.

  11. As we can see with picture above, Todt is more occupied with getting his girlfriend into the picture with people who are far more talented than herself. Her being in the picture I think is disrespectful and something which Michelle Yeoh herself should have realised and taken herself out of it. Is this what Todt may represent?

    I wonder what attracted her to the millionaire Jean Todt?

    That, and the Ferrari eagerness that everyone knew he has may be an eventual conflict with some problem arising in the future regarding his tenure as FIA president.

    As has been asked before: how can we be sure that he will direct the FIA and F1 towards a better type of motorsport without cutting the heart out of what real racing and motorsport should represent: racing, competition and the fans. With his Ferrari background, will a situation arise where he may be going against the red team’s wishes? And if so, how can we be sure that the situation be handled correctly or if required, for Todt to remain neutral? Is he capable of doing that when the future of Ferrari is involved?

    So far, it doesn’t look good. I just hope we’re not on a downward spiral, and in addition, I think Ari Vatanen shoud have been given more consideration, as Todt’s approval seemed far too quick, and Vatanen may have been a better long-term choice.

    1. So, you are saying that the very fact that nothing terrible has happened should make us worry ???

      Or are you saying that Todt should meet with disapproval for what he might do ?

      Either way, I disagree with your position.

  12. Mark Hitchcock
    2nd April 2010, 2:46

    Finally gone from “No Opinion” to “Approve”.
    There hasn’t really been anything significant that’s changed my mind…apart from the fact that Jean Todt’s name has barely been in the news.
    I’m sure that if Mosley was still in power he would have had something stupid and inflammatory to say about the F-Duct, or Stefan GP, or USF1, or any of the other issues that have come up so far this year. Todt is doing what he should be doing; making decisions, not giving his opinion.

    But as others have said, we may not really know where Todt stands until we have a major controversy.
    Having said that, the F-Duct could have been more of a controversy in past years so maybe we’ve seen (or rather HAVEN’T seen) Todt’s hand at work in keeping everything running smoothly and free of drama. The mirrors moving is another thing that appears to have gone smoothly and happened without a fuss.

  13. As we can see with picture above, Todt is more occupied with getting his girlfriend into the picture with people who are far more talented than herself. Her being in the picture I think is disrespectful and something which Michelle Yeoh herself should have realised and taken herself out of it. Is this what Todt may represent?

    Actually, if you read the banner, you’ll see that particular photo op was to promote the FiA Foundation ‘Make Roads Safer’ campaign.

    Jean Todt is FiA President, so his prescence is quite proper. Michele Yeoh is a spokesperson for the Foundation, thereby granting her a spot in the photo. There was nothing disrespectful or improper with either of them being there.

    1. The photo in the article may have been for the ‘Make Roads Safer’ campaign, but Todt and Yeoh were also in the photo of former World Champions along with Ecclestone.

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