Jean Todt, champions, FIA Gala, 2010

Jean Todt’s Approval Rating XII

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Jean Todt, champions, FIA Gala, 2010
Jean Todt, champions, FIA Gala, 2010

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

New rules for 2011

Several rules changes have been made for next year including the following (see the links for further details):

Smaller, more fuel-efficient engines in 2013

From 2013 F1 cars will use 1.6-litre engines with four cylinders. Todt is understood to have played a leading role in getting teams to agree on smaller engine capacities.

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 (53%)
  • Disapprove (34%)
  • No opinion (13%)

Total Voters: 229

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Jean Todt?s Approval Ratings

Date Approve Disapprove No opinion
November 2010 71% 18% 11%
October 2010 60% 24% 16%
September 2010 44% 43% 12%
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-November 2010
Jean Todt's Approval Rating January-November 2010

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  1. All kinds of stupid regulations to increase overtaking which in the end will do nothing, because overtaking is almost impossible because of current track regulations.

    Plus this is F1 not a damn computer game, where you can push a button and go faster. So I’m against these things.

    Team orders are good. Like an old man said, “The team comes first”.

    As for the 1.6 liter, 4 cylinder engines in 2013… I’m not even going to bother. Come 2015 they’ll probably use 600cc 2 cylinder engines, and they will probably eliminate all possible difference between engines and just have everyone use the same engine. It’s turning into an open wheel stock car championship, slowly.

    There’s also the ban on testing, which is destroying the smaller teams. Lotus for example might have done much better this season if they could’ve tested new stuff.

    Enough ranting and raving… but if I could, I’d put Damon Hill, Mika Häkkinen and Alain Prost prost in charge of everything.

    1. Oh and I forgot about the 107% rule which is very stupid, especially if correlated with the “NO TESTING” rule. Hell, if you don’t let the teams improve their cars how can you expect them to perform better.

      I’m so happy I got into GT1 this year, the racing there is incredible and it’s actually worth watching…

      I hear people saying that 2010’s F1 season was epic because there were 4 people fighting for the title. I’m sorry but that’s only epic if the drivers are actually fighting on the track, not when Vettel or whoever gets a 3 second lead on lap 1 of the race and the others then spread out so much that they have no chance of overtaking anything. Overtaking seems to involve the pit lane… as in if you want to get in front of X, you have to pit earlier and etc.

      Thank god for Kobayashi, that man is actually interesting to watch and I hope he doesn’t change his style for anything. He’s the only reason I watched F1 this year – and I’ve been a lifelong fan, but the past few years have been a shame to the sport. Him and Lotus, actually.

      And Formula 1 is not about being more “roadcar-like”, it’s about extreme performance and extreme technology, so the argument for the 1.6L engines just blocks my mind.

      1. I agree with almost everything you say, Faryus. I made my comments earlier (in a post which is ‘awaiting moderation’ because I chose not to spell out the phrase “improve the show”, and left it as sh with two asterisks!), but I’m surprised you don’t seem to have anything to say about the moveable rear wing if you’re closer than a second to the car in front. I think this is the ultimate degredation of a technologically driven sport into a video game.

        1. I’m surprised you don’t seem to have anything to say about the moveable rear wing

          Yeah, I kind of put all of these “concepts” under the “push a button and go faster” concept.

    2. I tend to agree with you on testing. However, it isn’t a simple issue.

      The teams agreed to the testing ban to limit costs. So, they are all equally affected in terms of development and costs.

      If Lotus, for example, could have benefitted from testing, then who’s to say that Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, etc. would not have also benefitted? It’s quite possible the big teams would have benefitted even more than the small teams, simply because they have more money to spend. As it is, in a way, the testing ban acts to level the development curve.

      Personally, I would like to see at least some amount of testing return. But, it has plusses and minuses. Young driver testing – plus. Arms race for development – minus. It’s a can of worms, so I’m not sure the teams/FIA will do it.

      1. I agree that this testing thing is… complicated.

        On the one hand, small teams would benefit from it. On the other, the big teams will be able to get an even bigger advantage because they have more money.

      2. Maybe testing could be reintroduced, but more miles given to teams that finish lower in the constructors?

  2. What will happen if in season testing is reintroduced.
    Ferrari, Mclaren, Red Bull, Williams will have a dedicatd test team and their performance will improve.The smaller new teams cannot afford that so even if they do test and improve the big teams will equally improve.
    Result.status quo.

  3. Gimmick rules, team orders, knee-jerk 107% rule, what more is there to disapprove of?

  4. I was opposed to Todt in the beginning, largely because he was backed by Mosley. But, now that Todt has been in office for a while, I approve of him. He appears to be his own man (and not in Bernie’s back pocket). The biggest change, in my opinion, is the way the FIA is handling things. There doesn’t appear to be any of the personal crap that Mosley always seemed to drag into things. Todt, so far, appears to be more professional and also stepping out of the limelight, which Mosley was forever seeking.

    As for specifics about F1 rules, I tend to not really blame or credit Todt for the changes. He doesn’t seem to be dictating policy in the same manner that Mosley usually appeared to do. I have mixed feelings on the new rules, but I believe they were derived from a mix of inputs, not just forced on F1 by Todt.

    Overall, I approve of Jean Todt. He has brought a professionalism to the FIA that was lacking, in my opinion, during Mosley’s reign.

  5. Megawatt Herring (@)
    29th December 2010, 11:00

    To be fair there have been very few times this season when a car has finished outside 107%, and it will be the fastest time from Q1 not pole. The new teams should be able to improve their cars this season so I don’t think that the 107% rule will make any difference.

  6. I would just like to repeat that the Stewards did not receive new powers to punish drivers. It’s the same rules as before. Only they are now literally repeated from “the code” into the F1 regulations rather than being referred to.

  7. Well, I think Todt did a reasonable job so far in clearing up the role of the FIA president, but then he felt the need also to somewhat spoil it by talking about the ruling on team orders (where he supposedly wasn’t involved) before we knew the full extent of it, and gave an explanation that fitted with the Ferrari defense, but then wasn’t part of the actual verdict, but just reinforced peoples opinion that the FIA chickened out of punishing the team. Not very good.

    I don’t like the 107% rule, and the rear wing thing seems like a gimmick, and KERS is still only a push to pass/defend button. Then again, these things are what the FOTA indicated they wanted, so I guess it is actually good process that under Todt the FIA tends to adopt what the teams feel is needed. He could have maybe been a bit tougher on them here though.

    The 2013 rules look like they are at least well thought out, and are geared to what teams and the car industry say it needs to be interested. We still will have to see what the aero rules are, but I guess here too, the FIA is doing its job, but just not for fans who like big loud engines.

    Based on the last two paragraphs I would approve, but the first one would lead me to disaprove. I guess I am just not yet convinced about Todt. The way he usually is in the background is good, but then again sometimes he feels the need to speak out, and then his tone tends to be disruptive – like with the team orders, and also the way he introduced the rules for punishing drivers for road behaviour (an otherwise seemingly sensible rule). Based on that I decided to go for disaprove.

  8. What I would like to see in the near future is all the cars gathered together near the FIA building in Paris for a group photo, then have each one placed in a green screen room and take pictures from all angles.

    This would allow the teams to use these images for their websites and promotion schemes and make it easier for the viewer to compare cars, if shots are taken from the same angles.

    1. If they ever use this idea I would like to be thanked for it.

      1. Also I will never rate positive until he stops changing the rules to suit Ferrari i.e. remove ban on team orders, reintroduce 107% rule to get rid of excessively slow drivers.

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