Jean Todt’s Approval Rating 2011: Part 2

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Jean Todt, Marco Tronchetti Provera, Istanbul, 2011

Jean Todt, Marco Tronchetti Provera, Istanbul, 2011

With Bahrain, a 21-race calendar, rules changes and more on the agenda, it’s been a busy three months for Jean Todt.

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. Join in by casting your vote below.

FIA developments since the last approval rating


Much has already been written on the vexed subject of Bahrain, so here’s a brief recap plus links to more below.

At the time of the last Approval Rating the Bahrainis had been given three months to decide if their race could take place. After that the FIA granted them another month to make their mind up.

An FIA delegation was sent to Bahrain and sent back a favourable report. The World Motor Sport Council unanimously agreed to restore the race to the calendar, in the place of the Indian Grand Prix, which was moved to a new date two weeks after the season was originally supposed to end.

The teams objected and Bernie Ecclestone (who had sat in the WMSC meeting) proposed a new calendar reverting back to the original schedule. The Bahrainis also dropped efforts to reinstate the race. The WMSC held a fax vote and unanimously agreed to accept the change, dropping Bahrain and restoring India to its original date.

2013 rules

The WMSC agreed that a fax vote could be held before the end of this month on whether to postpone the new 2013 technical regulations.

These include a move to 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engines (announced in December). The rules on vodywork and wings will also be revised but will not include a rumoured shift towards ‘ground effect’-style aerodynamics.

2012 F1 calendar

A 21-race F1 calendar for 2012 was ratified by the WMSC.

However Todt said afterwards that only 20 races will take place.

Exhaust-blown diffusers

Restrictions on the use of so-called ‘hot-blown diffusers’ will come into force at the British Grand Prix. Teams will be restricted in how they can use the exhaust gasses to feed the diffuser when the car is not accelerating.

Rules changes for 2012 will further restrict the design of exhaust-blown diffusers.

Anti-doping drive

The drivers have been given instructions on how to ensure they comply with rules banning drug taking.

World Endurance Championship

Unfortunately it was not possible to cover the details of the FIA’s new World Endurance Championship when it was announced, but it will likely be of interest to many F1 fans.

The FIA is in effect resurrecting the championship which collapsed in the early nineties. The series will be based on this year’s Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and include the Le Mans 24 Hours as a round.

It will be promoted by the Automobile Club de l?Ouest.

Ecclestone criticism

Ecclestone had some sharp words for Todt shortly after the last Approval Rating: “He has been travelling around the world doing what Max didn?t do too much ?ǣ kissing the babies and shaking the hands.

“It is probably good for the FIA but we don?t need it in Formula 1.”

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 (13%)
  • Disapprove (79%)
  • No opinion (9%)

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Jean Todt?s Approval Ratings

Jan 2010 Feb 2010 Mar 2010 Apr 2010 May 2010 Jun 2010 Jul 2010 Aug 2010 Sep 2010 Oct 2010 Nov 2010 Dec 2010 Jan 2011 Feb 2011 Mar 2011
Approve 54.73 56.68 52.84 62.68 78.42 52.95 53.76 59.89 44.7 60.44 70.75 52.84 46.93
Disapprove 15.94 13.99 24.45 14.11 7.89 23.18 23.98 17.47 43.04 23.58 17.72 34.06 37.28
No opinion 29.33 29.32 22.71 23.21 13.69 23.88 22.26 22.64 12.26 15.98 11.53 13.1 15.79
Date Approve Disapprove No opinion
January-March 2011 47% 37% 16%
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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79 comments on Jean Todt’s Approval Rating 2011: Part 2

  1. Mads (@mads) said on 20th June 2011, 13:00

    The mess with the Bahrain race, the changes to the calender to squeeze it in. Failure.
    Engine management rule changes, they shouldn’t be allowed to make changes to the regulations in the middle of the season. Again failure.
    I like though that he is not dictating everything and leaves the decisions up to the people who is to take the decisions, but the mess with Bahrain was just too much. He should have taken a stance there and freed F1 from the humiliation it really was.

  2. Dan_the_McLaren_fan (@dan_the_mclaren_fan) said on 20th June 2011, 13:06

    I voted disapprove.

    Why? Because of certain poor decisions (the ban of exhaust blown diffusors without any good reason, the managment of the Bahrain crisis, the 2013 engine, and even more restricting rules into the sport (that’s not the way no attract new contructors)), because I suspect him more and more of having privilege links with Ferrari, and because he’s starting right now a war with Bernie Ecclestone, and possibly the teams, bringng more stupid politic stories into the sport.

  3. TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 20th June 2011, 13:10

    The whole calendar is just a joke at the moment. Can you imagine if Wimbledon wasn’t ready for the tournament and asked if it could be swapped with another tournament.

    I don’t know any other sport where this nonsense happens.

  4. Mark-L (@mark-l) said on 20th June 2011, 13:19

    I will never forgive him for the 107% rule and DRS.

    • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 20th June 2011, 13:52

      Well, I think actually FOTA is to blame for both of those – they should have told Ferrari to stop the moaning about slow cars and get on with passing them instead (hm, with that DRS?), and DRS is a solution for a problem that isn’t really there all that much.

      I guess you are right insofar as FIA could have told the FOTA to hold off on DRS until it was clear whether it was even required with the new tyres, but still put it in the rules as a possibility.

  5. mrgrieves (@mrgrieves) said on 20th June 2011, 13:24

    Too many Fiascos and indecisive moves in most of the points mentioned above. Bahrain was on then off so many times it was a joke. I wanted it to go ahead but with FOTA conclusively saying no and threatning a boycott they should never have published a new rearanged 2011 calender, very stupid. Same problem with the 2013 rules get a vote done and decied the rules now so teams and potential new engine supplyers interested in joining F1. Just now its the same as Bahrain a mess on and off! 2012 calender lets have as many races as possible, more cash for F1 and more F1 weekends would be brilliant, Nascar have about 40 races a year! Exhaust blown diffusers rule change should have been treated like the F-Duct. Ban it for 2012 but leave it till the end of the season. After all that negatives i’m excited about the World endurance championship and am looking forward to see developments on this. Huge disapprove for the first time since Todt took charge

  6. HounslowBusGarage said on 20th June 2011, 13:28

    The 2012 provisional calendar with its “Spot the race that won’t go ahead” feature was daft.
    Going floppy on the 2013 rules was terminally unimpressive.
    But failing to check your own rule book before making an announcement AND getting it pointed out by your predecessor is just amateur.
    And this sport, more than many others, needs ap professional at the head.

    • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 20th June 2011, 13:55

      Even worse: maybe they didn’t fail to check their rules and that is why all of them decided unanimously, save in the knowledge that it couldn’t happen anyway.

      I wouldn’t be surprised, too much infighting and politics in preparation for the new Concorde agreement discussion and the like.

  7. Gary Yogurt (@gary-yogurt) said on 20th June 2011, 13:45

    Wholehearted disapproval. Bahrain felt like an indecisive child in a candy store and as a dissatisfied American any hint of our domestic boring spec series like NASCAR or Indy is appalling. F1 is a nice escape from what this country has to offer and I hope it stays that way. The more innovation the better.

  8. Ned Flanders said on 20th June 2011, 13:47

    Keith, instead of approve/ disapprove/ no opinion, don’t you think a strongly approve/ moderately approve/ ambivalent/ moderately disapprove/ strongly disapprove system would work better.

    There’s often a fine line between liking or disliking something, but the vote doesn’t really reflect that. You have to either vote one way or the other- unless you count ‘no opinion’ as a middle ground, but I don’t, I interpret that option literally.

    For the record, I voted disapprove, for obvious reasons

    • Ned Flanders (@ned-flanders) said on 20th June 2011, 13:50

      Admittedly, I know there’s no chance the system will change now because it’ll mess up the stats gathered over the last few months, so my previous comment was basically just a way to air my grievances!

  9. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 20th June 2011, 13:49

    Disapprove. So far this season, the FIA led by Todt has never made me feel like ‘our’ sport is in good hands.

  10. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 20th June 2011, 14:20

    disapprove – again.

    Bahrain, of course made F1 look very bad. How on earthe he chose to trust one of his own more than all major news agencies is … beyond me.

    Also, he just doesn’t communicate enough. And he could’ve been smarter in that. Like when the engine rules were announced, give interviews and tell every single journalist how glad you are that Ferrari (as member of the WMSC) supports the new engines and that this is an important milestone for F1. Nd remind everybody how we used to have these very same engines in the past. And how good they sounded back then.

    But no, he kept silent and now he is caught again with his pants down and FIA decisions look like a mockery again.

    I know Mosley sometimes overcommunicated (although that one time in the basement wasn’t his intention), but Todt just never is there. Leave, Jean.

  11. ledzep4pm (@ledzep4pm) said on 20th June 2011, 14:27

    I really like the Endurance Championship, I hear it will include Le Mans. But apart from that it’s been a lot of dithering and indecisiveness that only makes it confusing for the fans and puts the whole sport in a very bad light

  12. SupaSix-1 said on 20th June 2011, 14:31

    I always used to like jean todt as he was a capable figure in F1…someone who had so much promise to take over from Mr Whippy.

    But I have to say that I have been majorly dissapointed with Todt’s reign in the FIA as president. All hes done is to duck out & bullet dodge certain issues – Some of his proposals have been half-cot ideas – it also seems like hes a bit of a ditherer who hopes that someone else will make the decisions. His engine proposals are rubbish; his management of the stewards is as ever even more inconsistant. His proposal to ban Lewis for 6 races wouldve been suicidal for the sport and championship.

    Especially with the Hamilton issue, todt & the FIA have shown major hypocrisy & inadequecy – They seem to take such a high moral stance against Lewis but their farcicle handling of the bahrain debacle was quite disgusting and showed the true greed and corruptive minds of those in the FIA who cherry-pick when to play the moral high ground.

    Mosely may have been a very shady character (they all usually are at that level) – and his personal vandetta against Ron and mclaren was very self damaging…but at least when it came to the sport and the role of Presidency..he did do alot of good.

    Todt has been a real let down Im sorry to say. The biggest issue for the FIA is that they need to get someone in who has a lengthy motorsport experience but at the same time someone who has no interest or ties with any of the current participants in F1.

    However with F1 becoming so much of a corporate business, finding anyone experienced enough who doesnt have ties with any companies whic have an f1 interest will be very difficult.

    On another note – I think someone like Paul Stoddard would be a perfect guy for FIA presidency

    • DVC said on 20th June 2011, 14:43

      The FIA is about more than F1. Why should you single out no ties with F1, without also mentioning WRC etc?

  13. DVC said on 20th June 2011, 14:41

    I think the Bahrain thing and the fact Todt looks bad is probably down to Bernie being a shrewd operator. I’m not happy about the repealing of what I thought were good rules for 2013 though. I had my friends and family excited about the regs too, and now I have to tell them they might not happen. Sigh.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 20th June 2011, 15:23

      Yeah, I can fully understand what the Renault official told us the other day. If this yes/no/unsure goes on, his board will stuff the program for being utterly unimpressed.

  14. boomerang said on 20th June 2011, 14:46

    Disapprove, of course!
    Although I don’t understand the fuss around blown diffusers. Last season we witnessed open disregard to FIA Sporting regulations by FIA itself. ‘Hope you all remember Team orders issue. It was a benchmark to all inconsistencies of FIA policy in the future.
    On the other hand, FIA as organization, has to be directed with clear objectives in mind. Former President signed documents that should be observed in pursuing these goals (
    Obviously, this is not happening. We have hybrid cars with limited amount of recovered energy… It simply doesn’t comply with the spirit of these documents.
    Consequently, and not only because of it, FIA as organization puts itself on the long list of organizations guided by financial interest of people in position to manipulate FIA and the public in general.
    Mr. Mosley was good at it but Mr. Todt is doing even better. To our regret…

  15. The Dutch Bear (@the-dutch-bear) said on 20th June 2011, 14:48

    I voted Disapprove.

    Because of the chaos around the Bahrain decision and the changes to the 2013 regulations. I would have liked to see ground effect back and would like to see more powerful engines ( at least 1000 BHP). I like the World Endurance Championship, but that is just the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup with a different name. It’s nice to see that the ACO and FIA get along again. But the things that are wrong balance out the things that are right. So definitely, disapprove.

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