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F1 MUST CLEAN UP - Unregistered

September 29, 2009 3:53 PM

The bottom line is Todt MUST NOT become FIA President, due to his and Ferrari's ties with both Bernie and Max.

How can F1 hope to be seen as a non corrupt institution, if Todt does become president of the FIA, especially when he as ringing endorsments from Max of all people.

I cannot say whom i think would be best suited for the job, but with the FIA's 'special deals' with Ferrari, Todt's possible (and probable) appointment as president would smack in the face the FIA's denial that any alliance exists.

In order for F1 to been seen as 'clean', the idividual that becomes president should have no ties, past or present with Max, Bernie, or any F1 team, but have extensive racing knowlege

F1 MUST CLEAN UP - Unregistered

September 29, 2009 3:59 PM

I am not anti-Ferrari, or anti Jean Todt, as both a team and individual have brough a hell of a lot to F1 in the past, and Todt clearly has a vast amount of experience, and indeed on paper he is an excellent candidate for the presidencial position.

However, one simply cannot ignore the past FIA/Ferrari dealings, nor for that matter all the 'spygate', 'crashgate' nonsence and inconsistant penalties handed out to offending (or not, depending on your point of view) teams/drivers.

One thing is very clear, Formula One, in its current state, and under its current rule, is fundamentaly rotten, something which been brought to the attention of not only current F1 drivers, pundits and press, but

IanK - Unregistered

September 29, 2009 4:02 PM

If JT does become FIA President, i hope not, he will not have the real power as MM & his crones will still form the senate of the FIA and we all know what their agenda is.. destroy F1 at all costs and have lovely private parties :p
We need a complete change in the FIA and i hope that AV gets the nod and we can pull F1 out of the mire that it has been allowed to get into through the stewardship of MM and the current FIA regime

F1 NEED TO CLAEN UP - Unregistered

September 29, 2009 4:04 PM

also the world wide press and non-F1 fans alike.

What we need is to have a complete shake-up of the FIA, and FOM to best move forward F1, and allow it to be presented to non-F1 fans, as well as past and current F1 fans, as a spectator sport.

Oh, and Bernie, the more cars on the grid the better, so saying that it would be difficult to allow BMW Sauber to race in 2010, is defeatist. More cars, equate to more sponsors, more drivers, and there for more revenue. Use some common sence man.


September 29, 2009 4:35 PM

Jean Todt as FIA president will only add to the odius smell eminating from FIA. As Alonso is a Ferrari driver
So Todt will be FIA president(criminally).

The only sport in the world where a former stalwart can take two years out and then become the head of the sport!

Would Alex Ferguson be apointed head of the Premier League? Not in a billion years......

Why does FIA continue with this campaign? Iam now almost at my wits end understanding how a Former Ferrari Director will take an impartial view regarding all things Ferrari...Or for that matter if a new technical innovation is up for approval, How far will a Ferrari man be from said technical advance?
F1 is on the precipice with Todt...


September 29, 2009 4:40 PM

The difference is that Max was a genius at legal rule writing. Todt is not. Also Ferrari was outed by Max as to there special veto and rules agreements. They no longer exist because of FOTA which is lead by Luca of Ferrari. So no more special deals. Max took that away when FOTA formed. He outed many arrangements when he was being asked to leave. Todt will not have that same ability to do as he pleases.

Mike Cresdee - Unregistered

September 29, 2009 4:44 PM

I admire Jean Todts achievements for Ferrari greatly, a true leader and achiever.

Unfortunately there is not a clear and clean political fit for this FIA role, bearing in mind the current FIA relationship with Ferrari.

I cannot possibly see how he can perform this role in an unbiased way and therefore he should not even be a candidate.

We need a fresh approach from someone not so closely involved with F1 who can bring in some clear and logical thinking.

To put it in perspective, it would appear that the lunatics really are running the asylum, and that's why we have so many bad judgements and disputes.

We do need a complete change for the benefit of the sport.


September 29, 2009 4:48 PM


You seem so sure, Im sceptical in the extreme. And Max a genius at rule writing? Just this year we had a debacle regarding this(twin diffuser).

As FIA president Todt effectivly runs the show, He CAN do as he sees fit as thats the powers vested in him by the Automobile associations around the globe should they vote for him.(FIA have jetted him around the globe at their expense so thats in the bag already)
Its a shocker whichever way a sane man cares to look at it :-o

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