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F1 will no longer be whipped under Todt, says Gracia.

Head of the Spanish motor racing federation Carlos Gracia hails the 'professionalism' of new FIA president Jean Todt.
F1 is in a better position now that Jean Todt is president of the FIA, that's the view of Carlos Gracia, the head of the Spanish motor racing federation.

Speaking in an interview with Spanish newspaper, Marca, Gracia added that he has a lot more faith in Todt than in his predecessor Max Mosley.

"My position has not changed much. With Mosley I had a good relationship. But now with Todt it is even better. I believe in him as a manager, a businessman, who sees the FIA like a company," Gracia explained.

Pressed on why the FIA is better under Todt, Gracia added that the Frenchman is completely 'professional'.

"Those of us on the inside see that he has started in the right direction, although he has not rushed anything or entered like an elephant in the kitchen. With Todt, F1 will no longer be whipped."

Spain meanwhile will be represented on the grid in F1 2010 by three drivers, with Fernando Alonso at Ferrari, Pedro de la Rosa at Sauber and Jaime Alguersuari at Toro Rosso. Gracia is looking forward to seeing how they get on.

"We have a winning driver in Alonso. Without being too over indulgent he is the best driver and he is in the best car. He therefore has the best chance of winning races and the championship," he predicted.

"Pedro has a lot of experience in F1 and despite not having raced for a while is very fast. He is a driver that can help Sauber to evolve, although the team doesn't have a big budget. He should be able to finish in the top five or six.

"Jaime is young. He has some experience from last year now. The news I hear is that the car is going well, better than people expected. He should be able to finish in the top ten on occasions and score points."

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30.06.2006 Indianapolis, USA, Jean Todt (FRA), Scuderia Ferrari, Teamchief, General Manager, Team Principal - Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 10, United States Grand Prix, Friday Practice

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fishfingers - Unregistered

March 09, 2010 2:50 AM

Best driver / best car.. debatable. Don't think Alonso quite deserves his 4-1 odds. Ferrari will be strong early on but the other teams will come on strong as the season progresses

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