Jean Todt’s Approval Rating 2011: Part 1

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Are you happy with how F1 is being run by the FIA president?

F1 Fanatic looks 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


The FIA had little to say about the situation in Bahrain which led to the postponement of the first race of 2011.

In a letter to the media last week Todt said: “As you all know, on advice from the Bahrain Motor Federation we have had to skip the inaugural Grand Prix in that country due to severe social unrest.

“We have asked our Bahraini colleagues to inform us by May 1st on whether the race can take place. We wish then well in their ongoing attempts to resolve their issues.”


Nor has the FIA shown any sign of intervening in the dispute between Renault and Lotus, who are locked in dispute over the right to use the name ‘Lotus’.

Despite the confusion, the FIA appear content to refer to both teams using the name ‘Lotus’. Their 2011 F1 season guide refers to them as “Lotus Renault GP” and “Team Lotus”.

The high court will begin to hear the dispute between the two teams tomorrow.

Circuits Commission

The FIA Circuits Commission is to examine F1 tracks “to identify the possibility of increasing the opportunities for overtaking.”

Tyre testing and safety car rules

In order to allow Pirelli to develop new tyres, a new rule announced earlier this month will allow teams to use extra sets of development tyres at Fridays on race weekends.

There have also been some changes to the safety car rules, and special pit lane visits for race track marshals, explained in the link below.

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 (47%)
  • Disapprove (37%)
  • No opinion (16%)

Total Voters: 228

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Jean Todt?s Approval Ratings

Jean Todt Approval rating January-December 2010

Jean Todt Approval rating January-December 2010

Date Approve Disapprove No opinion
December 2010 53% 34% 13%
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%

The Jean Todt Approval Rating was a monthly feature in 2010. It is being run quarterly during 2011.

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81 comments on Jean Todt’s Approval Rating 2011: Part 1

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  1. Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 20th March 2011, 10:41

    4 pot turbos… massive fail!

  2. LcD59c (@lcd59c) said on 20th March 2011, 10:42

    Totaly disaprove its a Ferrari Fan … Team Order suck !

  3. Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 20th March 2011, 10:42

    Bahrain, massive fail!

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 20th March 2011, 11:08

      And most sadly so. That may 1st limit even might have been one of the factors for deciding to crush opposition with force lately.
      I still have grudges against him for failing to stand by the FIAs rulebook against Ferrari.

      But I voted no opinion, as I like the extra tyres being allowed on Friday and the circuit commission.
      The Lotus matter does not offer anything positive about Todt, he might at least have called for them to solve the matter end of last year/during the winter, or maybe even offered medaition. But it is not his responsibility, just a missed opportunity.

    • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 20th March 2011, 17:51

      I have to agree on Bahrain. That was my main reason for voting disapprove this time. I’m actually glad the FIA haven’t weighed in on the Lotus drama, when it’s yet to have been heard in court. Bahrain however, has gotten to a point where it’s really silly to even be considering a postponed race there later in the year. To leave the safety of the entire F1 circus in the hands of Bernie “sell your mother to make a buck” Ecclestone is really unacceptable.

    • FIA had no role to play, since crown prince cancelled on hi own…

  4. Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 20th March 2011, 10:44

    FFW during races… Massive fail!

  5. a Ferrari Boy, dis-aprove!!

  6. James (@jamesf1) said on 20th March 2011, 10:56

    Hmmm, I dont really have an opinion this time round, as with much of last year. Every time Todt made two steps forward with one issue, he made two steps back with another issue.

    I dont see what the Lotus dispute has to do with the FIA. They’re just there to make sure the teams follow the regulations and are supposed to enforce the rules fairly (I know some may beg to differ). The Lotus debate is a commercial debate, which probably requires FOM and Bernie’s involvment rather than the FIA and Todt’s.

    The Bahrain problem was largely a commercial dispute, although I feel that he FIA should have said no before the Crown Prince called the race off.

    The move to bring more tyres to the friday test is a pretty good idea, although couldnt this also be detremental? These tyres will probably fall apart at a similar rate, creating more marbles off the racing line than otherwise will have been created without. I know it improves the spectacle, but it may not be too beneficial.

  7. Stephen Jones (@aus_steve) said on 20th March 2011, 10:57

    wish we had approval ratings for everything in modern life..

    but for todt, i still don’t really rate him.. i mean, he’s not bad, but i don’t really like the way he dropped the ban on team orders, and went so light on ferrari..

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 20th March 2011, 11:05

      I pretty much agree on both accounts Steve.

    • Sush Meerkat said on 20th March 2011, 11:06

      wish we had approval ratings for everything in modern life..

      I approve 100% of having an approval rating for everything.

      I give this morning’s coffee a 78% approval rating.

      but for todt, i still don’t really rate him.. i mean, he’s not bad, but i don’t really like the way he dropped the ban on team orders, and went so light on ferrari..

      I like what Dede (Red Bull boss) said about team orders, he’d prefer to win without manufacturing outcomes.

  8. Hairs (@hairs) said on 20th March 2011, 11:05

    One the one hand, Todt can be lambasted on some counts for “doing nothing”. On the other hand, he can be commended for “staying out of things he can’t fix”. As a breakdown,

    Bahrain: Wading into a political situation is a lose-lose situation. That whole area of the world is undergoing massive strife, and F1 races are small beer in comparison. All those complaining about the FIA “making a stand” and calling off the race would be better off looking at what stand they’re making on behalf of the people of Bahrain, or any other country with a poor human rights record that F1 travels to. (I’m willing to bet it’s “sitting around on their **** doing nothing and occasionally talking”). I don’t like the silence from the FIA, but I accept that the Bahrain situation is not the same as the South Africa situation.

    Lotus Lotus Lotus Lotus Lotus Lots Renault Renault Mushroom Mushroom Snake! He’s right, let the courts sort it out. The teams are entered on the sheet, use the names that are on the sheet. There’s no benefit to the FIA getting involved in that one, and you can bet that his predecessor would have stuck his oar in as far is it would go.

    Circuits: There’s a very simple test for this one. If the FIA bring drivers into the discussion, and listen to them, then Todt gets the points. If not, he’s an incompetent muppet of the highest order.

    Rule Changes: Development Tyre rules good, SC rules still bad. The cramped design of the pits is as much to blame for potential accidents however. In terms of “stupid rules”, why not introduce a quota system to the issue of pitting during the SC? 5 drivers at a time into the pit lane, the first 5 drivers to hit the button on their steering wheel go in first. Or get their race engineer to do it.

  9. box this lap (@sebashuis) said on 20th March 2011, 11:15

    Disapprove, because of his recent statement about driver numbers. I think think F1 needs the same system as NASCAR.

    • box this lap (@sebashuis) said on 20th March 2011, 11:20

      I think don’t think F1 needs the same system as NASCAR.

      PS: I agree with LcD59c and Last Pope Eye because I still think it was not the right decision to “Let Michael pass for the championship” back in 2001.

    • matt90 (@matt90) said on 20th March 2011, 12:59

      I kinda like the idea. It would be nice if ‘1’ followed the champion and then all other drivers simply got to pick a number every year. But at the same time the current system is appealing, having the champion and then teams all clearly ranked. Having larger numbers should definately be enforced though I think.

      • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 20th March 2011, 17:45

        I like the current numbering system, it’s simple and easy to understand. I agree about enforcing large numbers on the cars, that would make them much easier to identify than having to look for helmets, or remembering if yellow t-bar or red t-bar means a lower number…

  10. sw6569 (@sw6569) said on 20th March 2011, 11:27

    Personally I voted approve. Though admittedly, I nearly voted no opinion, as he hasn’t really done that much this year thus far. The FiA were barely involved in the Bahrain decision (at least, not publicly) and I don’t believe that they should be involved with any inter-team politics (i.e. the lotus scandal).

    I voted approve though because I think that the circuits commission can only be a good thing and that the change of Friday tyre rules is good for the spectators.

  11. Burnout (@burnout) said on 20th March 2011, 11:52

    I voted disapprove. The FIA dilly-dallied for too long before pulling the plug on Bahrain, the Lotus saga has been dragging all through the winter and there’s no clear solution in sight. Plus the DRS rules allow backmarkers to unlap themselves (I’m still somewhat undecided on this one)

    About the only sensible decision was to let Pirelli test new compounds on Friday. A bit of a no-brainer since in-season testing is banned.

    I’m not sure how much a Circuits Commission can achieve with the existing snoozefest tracks like Abu Dhabi and Valencia. Maybe they can be a bit more proactive as far as the Sochi and Austin tracks are concerned. Here’s hoping they turn out well like Sepang or Istanbul Park.

    • Mike said on 20th March 2011, 13:10

      I think in regards to Bahrain, the FIA was always going to be stuck between a rock and a hard place. So it’s a bit harsh to hold that one against him.

    • PieLighter (@pielighter) said on 20th March 2011, 18:14

      “Lotusgate”. That’s the new official name (according to me anyway). Isn’t that how you name controversies?

      If I wanted to go really far I could say “Fernandoisfasterthanyougate” for Hockenheim. :D
      Or “Protestorgate” for the Bahrain situation.

  12. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 20th March 2011, 11:55

    Perhaps it is because I grew up with FISA/FIA Presidents like Jean-Marie Balestre and Max Mosely, but I find Jean Todt’s inability to make public statements quite alarming at times. Sometimes his silence is a good thing, heping to prevent situations from escalating beyond control, but in the case of Bahrain and “Lotus vs Lotus” I just felt that Todt needed to step up and put our minds at ease.

    Disapprove, but I like the Circuits Commission and the Tyre Testing initiative.

  13. YoungGuns (@youngguns) said on 20th March 2011, 12:05

    I approved this time around on the 4 points mentioned

    1. waited for bahrain to make the call He also wants the race to go ahead for the sake of the sport but he did not interfere in the politics

    2. Lotus dispute – he is keeping out of it let the courts decide if the two teams cannot come to an agreement in fact it is a sponsor and team and not 2 teams as Renault is as yet to be sold to Proton

    3. Track commission a good thing

    4.Tyre testing a good thing a bit unsure about how to interpreted the safety car issue

    Points not mentioned
    1. Driver numbers a positive for me
    2. visit to grassroots level motor sport clubs in Africa a big Positive come to Africa without a GP on the continent

    • Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 20th March 2011, 12:46

      1. waited for bahrain to make the call He also wants the race to go ahead for the sake of the sport but he did not interfere in the politics

      For the sake of the sport? There have been people dying there over politics… But by all means… run your race.

      No one in F1 is “A Political”.

      • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 20th March 2011, 13:10

        In China people die for politics too. Has been that way for years.

        Why are politics all of a sudden so important to some people?

        Obviously you cannot have a race in a warzone, but “politics” really is not a reason to cancel a race.

  14. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 20th March 2011, 12:06

    My first approve ever.
    Bahrain is a mess, and it’s bad for the people what happens there. However, I think it’s good that FIA, nor FOM, nor FOTA didn’t voice an opinion. Sport is sport and politics is politics. And it was inevitable that it wouldn’t go through.

    On Lotus, I think they should’t do anything about it. It’s a legal dispute and it should be kept at that. They are consistent, as in they call them Renault and Lotus in the overview which also has McLaren in it and Lotus Renualt and Team Lotus in the overview which says Vodafone McLaren Mercedes.

    On the circuits, one might argue too little too late, but I think it’s good that more and more people voice their concerns about tracks which don’t allow for good races. Bring in some fresh (re-)designing blood.

    Extra tyre testing is also good, and well, the safety car rules are still not good, but you can’t have it all.

  15. ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 20th March 2011, 12:52

    A mixed bag for Todt at the moment.

    He seems to say what he thinks the fans want to hear, but hasn’t backed it up with much action.

    On the other hand, most fans didn’t like team orders, and yet he removed that ban. He then said that he thinks the drivers should be able to be more easily identified – so what is more important, the driver or the team?

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