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.
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FIA developments since the last approval rating
Ferrari team orders
Following the World Motor Sport Council’s verdict Todt, who did not take part in the deliberations, said there had not been enough evidence to punish Ferrari:
Before you say [they] are guilty you have to be able to prove that [they] are guilty.
But the text of the WMSC decision contradicted that view, concluding Ferrari had used team orders:
It is self evident to the Judging Body of the WMSC that this was an implied team order using a message, and as such was contrary to article 39.1 [of the] Sporting Regulations.
The WMSC gave a different explanation for why Ferrari were not punished beyond the token fine already imposed by the race stewards, blaming “inconsistency in [the] application” of the rules on team orders. It asked for article 39.1 of the Sporting Regulations, which prohibits team orders, to be reviewed.
Since the verdict team principals of rival outfits have complained that the WMSC’s refusal to punish Ferrari for breaking the team orders rule leaves confusion over whether team orders can be used in future races.
- Full WMSC decision: Ferrari used team orders but shouldn’t be punished
- Ferrari escape further punishment for German GP team orders
13th F1 team
The WMSC decided none of the applicants for the vacant 13th team position in 2011 were suitable:
It was considered that none of the candidates met the requirements to be granted an entry into the Championship.
Consequently, the allocation of the 13th team will not be granted.
Read more: No 13th F1 team in 2011
2011 F1 calendar
The FIA has approved 20 races for inclusion in next year’s F1 calendar.
The FIA is planning to set up a licensing scheme for top F1 staff.
This follows the FIA’s difficulty in preventing Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds from participating in the sport following their involvement in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix scandal.
Read more: Top F1 staff to have licenses
F1 drivers could have their racing licenses endorsed for breaking the rules while driving on public roads under a new FIA plan:
The Code will be amended to clarify that if an International Super Licence holder is involved in a serious road traffic offence recognised by a national police authority, the FIA, depending on the severity of the case, may issue a warning or refer the matter to the International Disciplinary Tribunal, which may temporarily or indefinitely withdraw the competitor’s International Super Licence.
Read more: F1 drivers’ road manners under scrutiny
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 (45%)
- Disapprove (43%)
- No opinion (12%)
Total Voters: 1,150
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Jean Todt’s Approval Ratings
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