Jean Todt?s Approval Rating IX

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.
Jean Todt

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.

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.

Read more: 2011 F1 calendar officially revealed with 20 races and season finale in Brazil

Staff licenses

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

Road safety

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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Tell us how you voted and explain why in the comments.

Jean Todt?s Approval Ratings

Date Approve Disapprove No opinion
August 2010 60% 17% 23%
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-August 2010

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110 comments on Jean Todt?s Approval Rating IX

  1. Basically, there was no way Todt could escape the team orders affair unscathed. Sooner or later, a situation involving conflict of interest was going to arise. For that very reason he should have declined the nomination for being the FIA president. Otherwise, he’s done a fairly good job (better than Mosley for sure, but that’s a feat not too difficult to achieve).

  2. Melchior (@melchior) said on 29th September 2010, 12:53

    Approve,he’s a lot less controversial than Mosley.

  3. Approve.

    He was right about Ferrari. He stayed out of it which was professional. If he had stepped in he would have got so much stick for it. Ultimately, the right decision was made by the evidence and precedent set before. Then because it was clearly still not right for the sport the team orders rule is being lucked at. Right strategy.

    Staff licences simple but sensible and surprising they weren’t thought of before so good job. Not a radical decision on the face of it but very handy.

    Road safety – any improvements then good that’s another tick.

    The 13th team is the only thing I’m not that happy about as I think it took far too long for a decision to be made so it seemed like they just forgot.

    • Step, you are so naive do you really think in the cosy surrounds of Todts office in Ferrari International Assistance (FIA) offices in down town paris there weren’t discussions about this case…get real, wake up and smell the coffee. The totally wrong decision was made for entirely corrupt reasons.
      Staff licences….mm why is that sensible, sounds like a restraint of trade to me and let me guess, you have to pay each year to renew your licence and who gets the money… no tick from me.
      Road safety…. they have been doing that ffor years so to continue an established campaign or revamp one is hardly dynamic…no tick.
      Sorry you may have guest it, I would rather we had an idependent president who wasnt on the Ferrari payroll for about a decade or am I just cynical ??

      • Dave, if you can prove the behind-the-scenes discussions, be my guest. Otherwise, Todt is innocent until proven guilty.

        Staff licenses, almost everyone thinks that this is sorely needed. Why? In one word – Flavio.

        Road safety is a continuous process – so unless they did nothing at all here, I don’t see how you can’t tick that area.

        So based on a logical summary of events, I approve.

        I sense you were a huge fan of Ari Vatanen, Dave, but Todt won, so we live with what we’ve got.

        • Agree with everything Journeyer says. In fact, I really couldn’t have put it better myself!

          I admit I wanetd Ari to be president but I don’t see how Todt can be accused of bias when he’s had nothing to do with Ferrari since he came in office. It’s a new job now. He’ll look at Ferrari fondly but it doesn’t mean he’s biased.

          I will admit I can be very naive though so you’re right there! :)

        • Journeyer/Steph,
          I, like millions of others fans saw and heard Ferrari cheat, agreed ? Jean Todt was on the payroll of Ferrari for goodness knows how long..agreed, Jean Todt was filmed at the austrian GP committing exactly the same offence…agreed ? (perhaps his philosophy is so ingrained they cant work any other way!)The FIA under his presidency in the same building as he works and by people he knows personally took no further action against Ferrari…agreed ?, so tell me honestly what you believe went on before that hearing, don’t apply “beyond reasonable doubt” what do you really really think?…me I think, but don’t know, that it was a stitch up to protect Todt’s friends and former colleagues and paymasters from being punished,
          PS not a Vatanen fan, just don’t like cheats being given such influential jobs in the sport I love
          Staff licences wouldn’t have stopped Flavio so I think your argument is redundant there,
          Anyway…its a great season ! and being naive isn’t such a bad thing !!

    • Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 29th September 2010, 22:14

      Whatever you believe about the WMSC verdict, you can’t reasonably judge Todt on it. It was the other things he did. He stepped away – good, especially considering the verdict. But then he contradicted it as if he was unhappy there was any punishment at all – not good.

  4. Joey-Poey (@joey-poey) said on 29th September 2010, 14:36

    Between taking so long on deciding on the 13th team, then choosing no one and letting his old Ferrari connections cloud his opinion on the matter (doesn’t consider it enough proof? Hrm, not surprising considering he was the one in charge during Austria ’02), he’s slipped to disapprove for me.

  5. Dan Selby said on 29th September 2010, 14:50

    “Well, one polemic decision about Ferrari, and all of a sudden, big disapproval.
    Short memory everyone, or is this Ferrari decision enough to topple 8 months of good work?”

    In short, yes. :)

  6. we cant say what we would like to say for fear of a libel suit, but my view hasnt changed, for his views on team orders watch the video of his instructions to Rubens in Austria, he was a disgrace then and to put him in charge of the FIA continues that corrupt practice, as for evidence Jean, you are insulting our intelligence, we all saw and heard it, maybe Max wasnt so bad after all !!!,

    • HewisLamilton said on 29th September 2010, 15:18

      “Every team in the pit lane gives team orders.” – David Coulthard

      Punish all of the teams?

      • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 29th September 2010, 16:11

        I liked the way Coulthard gave lots of examples to back that claim up.

        Oh wait, no he didn’t.

        • HewisLamilton said on 29th September 2010, 16:25

          I don’t believe he was asked to.

          But he did follow that statment with “Anyone who says they don’t is lying.”

          But what would he know.

          • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 29th September 2010, 16:30

            Maybe he meant team orders in a very broad sense – for example, giving the only example of a new part to a certain driver.

            But I doubt he could give us an example of every other team this year getting on the radio and telling one of their drivers to pull over and let the other one pass.

            Can anyone think of any?

        • Quite a bitter remark you made a comment down about RBR @ Silverstone. Some would deem that a Freudian slip.

          On top of that what benefit does he get out of lying? He’s knows how F1 works inside and used to race for Ferrari’s nr.1 opponent. Seriously, what did DC win by making that comment? Did he imply that he was only talking about this year? Not really. He made a general statement about the sport.

  7. Dissaprove for the first time.
    The rationale is that while in the early stages it was acceptable to ‘be the man in the shadows’ steering but not interfering with day to day issues, at some point a leader has to step up and be counted.
    The Ferrari debacle was just such as moment, where a firm hand of authority was required to either strongly uphold the rules (however interpreted and poorly upheld in the past), and punish appropriately or modify them without delay to ensure there’s no ambiguity going forward.
    The darkest days of 2009 had too many race outcomes decided after the event, by poorly qualified individuals acting on highly variable interpretation of the rules, which at times appeared to be modified to suit the occasion.
    That being the case then the route to clean understandable sport is to have a clearly articulated, stable and firmly upheld rule book.
    The current status is far from that
    1. The Team Orders position is not in any way clear – Can teams openly abuse the rule without penalty, or is the fee for doing so just 100k?
    2. Wings are loaded (and I defer to higher technical authority than me here) to 500kg+ downforce and yet the measure taken to clean up the wing flex issue is to place a much less than adequate load on the wing.

    I would suggest the FIA under appropriately strong leadership either step up and fix the loophole, or hold firm with the current rule, such that in the case of flexy wings clever designs may be employed, interpreting the rules exactly as stated and originally applied – and in the process gaining a recognised and allowable advantage. To do neither once again brings the authority of the FIA into question.

  8. Jean Tod? FIA?

    This is the first year he have not had to hear each month declarations/fights from the President of the FIA about how to manage something related to anyone of the F1 stakeholders.


  9. Casanova said on 29th September 2010, 17:10

    The stance Todt took over Hockenheim was soft and convenient, and the comments he made contradictory and ill thought out. I was impressed by his premiership up to this point, but it was only a matter of time before he would have to deal with a Ferrari scandal, and he handled it poorly.

    The failure to fill next year’s grid is also disgraceful and illuminates deep failings in the FIA’s selection process – it appears the FIA have learned nothing from the previous year.

  10. Andrew White said on 29th September 2010, 17:54

    I voted disapprove this time for the first time. While I don’t like Ferrari it is not their letting off that I disagree with, it’s the fact that it completely undermines the rules when they are not upheld.

    I also disapprove of the FIA handling of the 13th team. A decision was originally meant to be made in June, but they delayed it until September and then wondered why there weren’t any viable entries. If they weren’t that bothered about getting a 13th team, why open it up for tender at all?

    The racing licence rule is a farce. Does this mean that a driver could be banned from racing for driving too fast on public roads? Irony aside, this would be a terrible shame. Can you imagine what would have happened if Hamilton had been banned from F1 for the incident in Australia? The FIA should stop the silly PR campaign and put more effort into actually doing something about it if they care that much.

    While I appreciate the job he’s done over the past few months I disagree with most of the FIA’s recent decisions. To those saying people have short memories, perhaps you should do a moving average of the results if you wanted to eliminate this factor.

  11. Disapprove for the first time, and I am a Ferrari fan. Privately, I am indeed very happy that my team wasn’t punished more, but for Formula 1, it was bad.

    While Todt’s decision to not actively involve himself in that matter was a correct one, it does not absolve him of any blame. He is the president of the FIA, FIA’s fault is his fault, and vice-versa.

    I hope the Team orders rule is tightened, only then will I vote approve for Todt. They could perhaps ban the passage of information from pit-to-car about the team-mate and his car. While teams will definitely find a way around this, atleast it won’t be done as shamelessly as at Hockenheim.

  12. GreyoTG said on 29th September 2010, 18:07

    You can’t base this on the ‘team orders gate’ decision as a whole, mostly becuase Jean Todt didn’t have a say in it. Todt hasn’t really made his mark on F1 yet, partly due to Driver stewards taking over foundation decisions in races, judge him over three years is the best option.

    • Casanova said on 29th September 2010, 18:12

      But that was by his choice. He chose to step aside from the decision, and then made contradictory comments after the panel had made it.

  13. Disapprove. Really, no 13th team?

  14. He made right decision to not take part in the hearing which had Ferrari in it. Otherwise the decisions which WMSC had were not that bad so I voted approve.

  15. f1yankee said on 29th September 2010, 22:36

    no opinion from me.

    i haven’t seen anything that fixes the bizarre rules and inconsistent, belated application of rules and penalties.

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