Jean Todt?s Approval Rating VII

Are you happy with how F1 is being run by the FIA president?

Once every month at F1 Fanatic we look at how the president of the sport?s governing body, Jean Todt, is managing the championship.

Join in by casting your vote below.

FIA developments since the last approval rating

Proximity wings

The World Motor Sports Council accepted the Formula One Teams Associations’ proposal to introduce ‘proximity wings’ in 2011:

From 2011, adjustable bodywork may be activated by the driver at any time prior to the start of the race and, for the sole purpose of improving overtaking opportunities during the race, after the driver has completed two laps.

The driver may only activate the adjustable bodywork in the race when he has been notified via the control electronics that it is enabled. It will only be enabled if the driver is less than one second behind another at any of the pre-determined positions around each circuit.

A poll on this site showed the majority of fans are unhappy with the proposal to only allow drivers to activate the wings if they are one second or less behind another driver.

Read more: F1 fans reject FOTA?s ??Mario Kart? wings

Safety car

Following events in the European Grand Prix the FIA made a series of changes to the safety car procedure.

These included changing the deployment of the safety car to make it less likely a driver might be disadvantaged, as Fernando Alonso was during that race. The operation of pit lane exit lights was also changed to prevent a repeat of Michael Schumacher’s problem during the same race.

It has also changed the ‘delta’ time targets each driver has to stick to when the safety car comes out. After the European Grand Prix nine drivers received penalties for failing to match their times.

Prior to the European Grand Prix the FIA had already modified the safety car rules following Schumacher’s penalty for overtaking Alonso on the last lap of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Read more: FIA must learn from Valencia shambles

107% rule

The ‘107% rule’ is being reintroduced for 2011. Drivers who fail to set a lap within 7% of the fastest time in Q1 will not be allowed to start the race.

A similar rule was used in Formula 1 until the end of 2002.

Read more: Backmarkers to struggle in qualifying as FIA revives 107% rule for 2011

The 13th team

GP2 team ART, which is co-owned by Todt’s son Nicolas, cancelled its entry to the 2011 F1 championship.

That spared Todt from what might have been seen as a conflict of interest, but it remains to be seen who will get the final space on the grid next year. It’s likely a decision will have been taken by the time of the next Approval Rating.

Read more: ART drops F1 2011 entry bid

Other rules changes

Among the other changes to the rules, the minimum weight will be raised in 2011 and drivers have been told they cannot stop on track to save fuel as Lewis Hamilton did in Canada.

The FIA also dropped a hint that racing drivers may face sporting penalties if they commit driving offences on the road.

Competitors at FIA events must act as ambassadors for the sport, be aware their conduct on the road must be exemplary and respect road safety rules. The World Council agreed that the International Sporting Code be examined to ensure the Federation?s overall objectives and, in particular, its commitment to road safety, are upheld.

Read more: World Motor Sport Council clarifies rules after Schumacher and Hamilton incidents

2011 tyres supply

The FIA confirmed Pirelli as F1’s tyre supplier for 2011-2013.

Tyre specifications will remain largely unchanged next year. A move to larger wheel rims was thought to be on the cards and was endorsed by rival tyre manufacturer Michelin.

Read more: Pirelli return to F1 after 20-year absence


Keeping his eye on the motor racing world beyond the FIA, Todt visited a NASCAR race earlier this month.

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 (54%)
  • Disapprove (24%)
  • No opinion (22%)

Total Voters: 984

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Jean Todt?s Approval Ratings

Date Approve Disapprove No opinion
June 2010 53% 24% 25%
May 2010 78% 8% 14%
April 2010 63% 14% 23%
March 2010 53% 24% 23%
February 2010 57% 14% 29%
January 2010 55% 16% 29%
Jean Todt's Approval Rating, January-June 2010

Jean Todt's Approval Rating, January-June 2010 (click to enlarge)

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75 comments on Jean Todt?s Approval Rating VII

  1. at least he is doing a better job than old Max ;)

  2. David-A (@david-a) said on 21st July 2010, 21:52

    I voted “No opinion” since while I am pleased that we’ve finally got a president that simply gets on with the job without attracting too much attention, the recent safety car incidents at Monaco and Valencia were poorly handled enough to keep my mouse pointer away from “Approve”. On the other hand, he is visiting other racing events to observe how things are done, and if NASCAR caution periods can teach him anything, I may vote “Apporve” next time.

  3. Jez Playense said on 21st July 2010, 22:20

    OK. You disapprove of JT/ FIA because:
    FOTA introduces wing idea? Fail
    Signing new tyre supplier was not done in days ? Fail
    107% rule – all current teams would pass – you believe F1 needs even slower cars? Fail
    Ensuring F1 does not have another USF1 clown? Fail
    Developing new strategies with stewards? Fail

    Keep up the good work, but consider the SC rules. What about no passing, no pitstops, no position changes under SC?

  4. Craig Woollard said on 21st July 2010, 22:55

    Every single time up until this time I voted agree, this time, I’ve disagreed… There are two reasons why this time round he’s dissapointed me, adjustible rear wings, and also the tyre supplier, this should have been sorted much sooner, and I was begging that there was going to be a tyre war for 2011…

  5. Cube said on 22nd July 2010, 1:31

    I voted disprove for the first time. The 107% rule, and the fact the FIA haven’t made a decision on which team will make the gird next season yet.

    Then there’s the fact they took so long to confirm pirelli.

  6. gDog said on 22nd July 2010, 4:32

    Disapprove, but it was “mildly disapprove”.

    safety car – why is it so complicated? get the safety car out as fast as possible, close the pit lane to all cars except those in a dangerous condition (i.e. cars in a condition that would normally get them black flagged if they continue), set a max speed limit and let the cars filter past the safety car until the race leader is the first car behind it.

    107% – It’s just not necessary. If the front drivers can’t overtake slower cars safely then they shouldn’t be at the front. Getting rid of the blue flags will get rid of the expectation that they will just get out of the way, which will lead to much less erratic driving by the backmarkers.

    tyres – Todd could’ve/should’ve stepped in sooner to get it resolved, but at least he did.

    13th team – Again they should be moving faster on this if they don’t want a repeat of last year with HRT not turning a wheel before the first race weekend.

    road rules – If the drivers are expected to be ambassadors for safe road driving (and I believe they should be) then you need to enforce it somehow, but either through personal fines which go towards an F1 road safety awareness campaign, or make the super licence conditional on a good road licence record. But definitely no points penalties.

    What I do approve of is that the FIA are, quite quickly and with little fuss, making changes where problems have been highlighted by recent events. I just don’t agree with the changes they’ve made.

  7. Electrolite said on 22nd July 2010, 13:16

    Only time I’ve disapproved – I don’t like the new rules. Also with some of the new rules he dillied and dallied about a bit before making decisions with the FIA.

    I’m really surprised ‘F-ducts’ and double diffusers are banned for next year, but push to pass buttons are being introduced.

  8. -A- said on 22nd July 2010, 18:11

    I voted disapproval this time, based on my opinion that the proximity-wing concept as an unnecessary complexity that could have been avoided — and because I was surprised to hear the FIA apparently wants to introduce competing tyre manufacturers in the WRC again for next season.

  9. Just what the RACE drivers need is another lite on their steering wheel telling them how, what, and when to race!!!! What a bunch of crap (Americanism). How about Todd letting the race car drivers drive their cars or just make them slot cars…….. R & R

  10. tota said on 26th July 2010, 11:21

    And it will be the real moment of truth for Todt’s FIA now. I’m very interested, how they will judge on Ferrari’s cheating in Germany?

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