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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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. Definitly Aprove !

    People here are voting disaprove because of the hearing. But its not Todts desicion, it was a big group, you can’t pin this on him.

    Ferrari were innocent anyway !

  2. I voted disapprove mainly for the Ferrari team orders case. There should have been some kind of penalty on drivers or team points.

    Also, the fact that the FIA did not rejected any suggestion for the amendment of the team orders rule would be very negative for the sport.

    Team orders mean that only half of the drivers fight for the best possible outcome.

    • HewisLamilton said on 30th September 2010, 17:41

      The nature of which F1 is set up, a team is inclined to support a #1 driver. To be fair to both drivers, there should be 2 pit boxes, 2 separate pit crews as opposed to sharing crews on stops… in short, a clear separation between the 2 cars and drivers would go a long way to doing away with team orders. But then that is not Formula 1.

  3. I still think he’s quite an improvement compared to Mosley but on the whole, quite a few FIA decisions concerning F1 this year have lacked the necessary determination.

    The decision about the 13th F1 team franchise for 2011? Too late for any sane businessman to get involved.

    The decision about the tyre manufacturer? Rather late given F1’s development lead times – ergo no 18-inch rims next year.

    The decision about Ferrari’s just-too-obvious team “strategies”? Weak (You can say all you like, but the bottom line is: Ferrari did exactly what the rule was introduced to prevent, and yet they still got away with it).

    Reviewing Ecclestone’s outrageous 100-year CRH deal? Nothing in sight.

    That’s why this time, for the first time, I’ve chosen “Disapprove”.

  4. achilles said on 1st October 2010, 8:12

    …..you knew where you were with Max, todt operates in the shadows, and his former alliance with ferrari can never be discounted, it was under his tenure at ferrari, that the ‘team orders’ rule was written into the regs, I feel that todt cannot be trusted to be impartial, and should step down, with immediate effect, this would go some way to remove a large amount of distrust, that many fans have in the FIA..

  5. Why should Todt be clouted for not announcing a 13th has failed to materialize before the previously announced deadline?

    It’s not his direct fault that there are no qualified new teams, and they should have allowed potential candidates the full alloted time to attempt to pull their entries together.

    And in an open discourse, why should Todt not be allowed to disagree with his own WMC decisions?

    @achilles: Me thinks you have it bass-ackwards; it was Max who was the ultimate bsack room dealer. I too was opposed to Todt’s election based on his former Ferrari ties, but so far I think he’s working hard to be impartial.

    All in all you can’t fault his leadership to this point.

  6. don knowles said on 1st October 2010, 20:48

    Licenses for all participants is so elemental I am surprised it has not been in place forever. I believe all sanctioning bodies in the US require licenses for all participants. Good for the FIA, even though I wonder what has taken so long.

    As for team orders, I have always believed F1 is a team sport. I know of no one who objects to team orders in the last race, or the last 2 races, or at some other time of the individual’s choosing. I just want transparency. I am good with a review of the rule if it results in something better in the future–it is remarkably easy for one driver to allow another driver past, I don’t think it is always so provable, lets insist on transparency. For me, I might choose to pull for Ferrari over Red Bull, even if Ferrari allows team orders from race 1 and Red Bull doesn’t until the 2nd driver is mathematically eliminated.

    If Todt finally gets licenses and clearer team orders, good for all of us.

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