Jean Todt?s Approval Rating VIII

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FIA developments since the last approval rating

The 13th team

The decision on who will get the final space on the grid next year is yet to be made.

The Cypher Group withdrew its bid to compete in the 2011 F1 championship at the end of July.

The American group released a statement saying:

We remain completely committed to developing a credible and viable Formula One team and were able to raise a considerable amount of sponsorship and interest in recent months. However after much deliberation, we have decided that the budget we have is not sufficient to allow us to pursue the project in a manner befitting the series. It was not an easy decision, but one made out of respect for the FIA Formula One World Championship and our loyal supporters.

This news followed the announcement that the GP2 team ART had also abandoned its plans to form an F1 team.

Read more: Cypher Group withdraws 2011 F1 team bid

Flexibile front wings

As at Silverstone, Red Bull?s front wings were the centre of attention at Hockenheim ?ǣ but for a very different reason. The new front wings were observed to be flexing at high speeds, allowing parts of the wing to move closer to the ground and operate more efficiently.

The FIA has responded to lobbying from McLaren and Mercedes by announcing it will increase the deflection tests from the next race in Belgium.

The FIA has activated Article 3.17.8 of the technical regulations, which allows it to increase load deflection tests at any point to prevent teams being able to run flexible wings.

Article 3.17.8 states:

In order to ensure that the requirements of Article 3.15 are respected, the FIA reserves the right to introduce further load/deflection tests on any part of the bodywork which appears to be (or is suspected of), moving whilst the car is in motion.
Article 3.17.8

The FIA has warned it reserves the right to increase that test up to 100 kilogrammes and that it will only allow a linear increase of deflection up to 20mm ?ǣ which is designed to ensure that teams are not using clever material design to ensure that their cars pass the deflection test to stay within the regulations but then flex further at higher loads.

Ferrari team orders

The FIA World Motor Sport Council will meet on September 8th to look into the matter in which Ferrari ordered Felipe Massa to allow Fernando Alonso past to win the German Grand Prix.

An FIA statement said:

On 25 July 2010, on the occasion of the Grand Prix of Germany counting towards the 2010 Formula One World Championship, the Stewards of the meeting, after hearing the persons concerned, noted an infringement by the Scuderia Ferrari of:

– Article 39.1 of the 2010 Sporting Regulations (“Team orders which interfere with a race result are prohibited”)
– and Article 151 c) of the International Sporting Code (“Any of the following offences (??) shall be deemed to be a breach of these rules (…) any fraudulent conduct or any act prejudicial to the interests of any competition or to the interests of motor sport generally”).

In the light of the information in their possession, the Stewards decided to impose a fine of $100,000 on the Scuderia Ferrari and to forward the dossier to the FIA World Motor Sport Council.

On the basis of that decision and of the inquiry report, and following the receipt of a report sent by the Stewards to the FIA, the FIA President has decided, in conformity with the new rules of disciplinary procedure adopted at his initiative on 11 March 2010, to submit the case to the judging body of the World Motor Sport Council.

The disciplinary hearing of the World Council will be chaired by the FIA Deputy President for Sport and will take place in Paris on 8 September 2010.

Read more: Ferrari to face FIA on September 8th

Pit stop safety

Renault and Mercedes have each been fined $50,000 for their roles in incidents that took place in the pit lane during the Hungarian Grand Prix.

A wheel came off Nico Rosberg?s car and Renault?s lollipop man allowed Robert Kubica out of his pit box too soon, causing a collision with Adrian Sutil.

Both teams were fined for ??unsafe release?? of their vehicles. Kubica was also given a stop-go penalty before retiring from the race. Rosberg retired immediately after the problem at his pit stop.

The FIA has not revealed any suggested rule changes but the incident shows something needs to be done to improve safety in the pit lane.

Read more: How F1 can make pit stops safer

2011 tyre supply

In the last approval rating we told you that the FIA confirmed Pirelli as F1?s tyre supplier for 2011-2013.

Pirelli has now completed its first test session at Mugello this week and has announced it is on target to return to Formula One for the 2011 season.

Nick Heidfeld spent two days at the wheel of Toyota?s 2009 TF109, evaluating prototype versions of the new Pirelli Pzero F1 tyre, which will be used by all teams from next season under a three-year agreement with the FIA.

Read more: Pirelli ??on target?? after first test session

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?

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

  • Approve (60%)
  • Disapprove (17%)
  • No opinion (23%)

Total Voters: 910

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Jean Todt?s Approval Ratings

Date Approve Disapprove No opinion
July 2010 54% 24% 22%
June 2010 53% 23% 24%
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 - August 2010

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

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