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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?óÔé¼Ôäós 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.
- Bahrain Grand Prix reinstated on 2011 F1 calendar
- Bahrain drops bid to host race in 2011
- FIA reveals Ecclestone’s 11th hour attempt to save Bahrain race
- Bahrain Grand Prix officially dropped for 2011
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.
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.
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?óÔé¼ÔäóOuest.
Ecclestone had some sharp words for Todt shortly after the last Approval Rating: “He has been travelling around the world doing what Max didn?óÔé¼Ôäót do too much ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ kissing the babies and shaking the hands.
“It is probably good for the FIA but we don?óÔé¼Ôäót 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 (8%)
Total Voters: 255
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