Once a month we take a look at how FIA president Jean Todt is managing Formula 1 and ask whether the sport is going in the right direction on his watch.
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FIA developments since the last approval rating
The 13th team
US F1 failed to get their team ready in time for the start of the season and the FIA has announced it will consider taking action against them over the no-show.
Stefan GP’s pleas to be granted US F1’s place on the grid this year fell on deaf ears. Instead the FIA has opened applications for a 13th team to join next year. It will also appoint another team as a reserve entry, in case one of the current teams pulls out.
But could more have been done to ensure a 13-team grid this year?
Alan Donnelly has joined the Manufacturers’ Commission. But Todt has yet to fill the post of F1 Commissioner, a post he promised to create after his election.
World Motor Sports Council changes
In a significant move the FIA President no longer plays a role in World Motor Sports Council decisions. This has been a major bone of contention in recent years particularly during the spying row in 2007 and Singapore Grand Prix investigation last year.
The FIA president is still responsible for running the WMSC’s inquiries and deciding what cases should go before the WMSC.
Todt’s changes to F1 stewarding have been put into practice with several high-profile former and current drivers joining the stewards during Grand Prix weekends. So far these have included Alain Prost in Bahrain, Tom Kristensen in Australia, and Johnny Herbert at this weekend’s round in Malaysia.
They have not had any major controversies to rule on yet, with the most significant decision taken so far being Mark Webber’s reprimand for crashing into Lewis Hamilton during the Australian Grand Prix.
F1 faced a backlash after a dull season-opener at Bahrain. This came after Todt had specifically asked the teams to propose measures to “improve the show” this year, which led to the introduction of the rule forcing drivers who qualifying in the top ten to start the race on their qualifying tyres, and the tweaking of the new points system.
The FIA has not announced any further changes for the future other than the banning of double diffusers in 2011.
There could be as many as 20 races on the F1 calendar this year as the FIA has confirmed the Indian Grand Prix will be held in 2011.
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?
- No opinion (23%)
- Disapprove (14%)
- Approve (63%)
Total Voters: 880
Jean Todt’s Approval Rating so far
Jean Todt’s Approval Rating
- Jean Todt’s Approval Rating III
- Jean Todt’s Approval Rating II (Poll)
- Jean Todt’s approval rating (Poll)
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