FIA President Jean Todt optimistic of Liberty Media concerned of cost
By: S.Harding, Xiro Xone News March 31, 2017 Updated: 10:32 PM
President of the Federation International de l’Automobile (FIA) Jean Todt was in attendance during last week's season opener in Melbourne, Australia, where he watched as Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel crossed the finish line, followed by Mercedes Lewis Hamilton and his teammate, Valtteri Bottas.
President Todt spoke about his hope, for the continued success of Formula One, under the direction of its new owners, Liberty media.
While he does not believe there should be many changes to Formula One, he does believe that the FIA's role is clear as F1's rule maker and regulator but welcomes an exchange of ideas between the two to help the sport grow.
"The role of the FIA is ... to write the rules about Formula One for the present and for the future, and to make sure that those rules are legislated and regulated," Todt said. "And I'm very happy that the new commercial rights holders have decided to reinforce its team to put some expertise, and our people will discuss together.
"I think it is always very healthy to be able to exchange. We have that in the endurance championship with the ACO; we build the rules together, but at the end of the day the FIA has the final responsibility. So we have a skilled Formula One organization with participants giving input, but clearly, they will never be in a position to write the rules. The rules will always finally be written by the FIA," he said.
One of the concerns that President Todt pointed out was the runaway cost in Formula One is too high and that the smaller teams are still struggling with their budgets compared to those at the front.
"There is too big a discrepancy between the smallest and the biggest budget," he said. "The cars are more spectacular and faster but I'm a bit worried about the racing and the gaps between the teams.
"As nice as it is that Mercedes has an opponent in Ferrari, the gap of two seconds from the midfield to the top is too much.
"We will really dream of having the ten first cars in seven or eight tenths and at the moment it is not yet happening."
Since taking the helm at FIA in 2009, Todt gained the respect of the organization and its members throughout the world. He is a leader who leaves a remarkable impression the moment you meet him.
His participation in a ‘Decade of Road Safety’ campaign, shows a commitment to saving lives that are unnecessarily lost, and educating people in 143 countries to the dangers of distracted driving, drunk driving, and unsafe roads.