Connect with us

F1 top news

Competitive Ferrari is essential for Formula 1 – Todt



As far as the F1 pecking order is concerned, Jean Todt says he likes what he has seen so far in 2017.

“It’s good,” he told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, “because a competitive Ferrari is essential for formula one.”

And the FIA president also said Mercedes is obviously “still very strong” this year.

“There has been controversy about the choice of second driver (Valtteri Bottas), but I never had any doubts about him,” said Todt.

“The real problem is another: the gap between the first car and the last.”

Todt says the cause of that problem is the discrepancy in budgets between the biggest and smallest teams, with the “loser” being “the show”.

One solution, he said, is to clamp down on the sort of simulation tools the most sophisticated teams now use.

“In my day, it was a miracle if you did 5 or 6 laps on the first test day. Now they’re doing 70-80 laps without stopping,” said the former Ferrari chief.

Todt said the detailed work behind the scenes is “fascinating”, but “in F1 we need emotions, action and entertainment on the track, not in the laboratory”.

And so when it comes to redistributing F1’s vast income more fairly, Todt said he supports Liberty Media.

“We need a different redistribution of income,” said the Frenchman. “It is not our problem – the new owners will take care of this – but I think it is clearly a priority.”

However, Todt played down early worries about a lack of overtaking in 2017.

He said: “Let’s say that it’s the price you pay for the fastest cars in the corners and straights that are now more difficult to drive.

“I am sure that Ross Brawn as well as the FIA will address this topic, but for now I will just mention that the overtaking problem has always been there.”


Latest Results

Latest F1 News

2018 F121 hours ago

FIA declare Ferrari suspected Mercedes car is ‘legal’

The FIA has declared the latest configuration of Mercedes’ 2018 car to be legal. Brazil’s Globo reports from Austin that...

2018 F121 hours ago

Vettel’s F1 future at Ferrari is suddenly in doubt

Four-time F1 world champion, Sebastian Vettel’s F1 future at Ferrari is suddenly in doubt. The German is currently under pressure...

2018 F11 day ago

Ricciardo’s Renault move ‘a concern’ – Webber

Mark Webber admits fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo’s move to Renault is a “concern”. Also a former Red Bull driver, Webber...

2018 F11 day ago

Todt visits Michael Schumacher ‘twice a month’

FIA president Jean Todt admits he visits his friend Michael Schumacher “twice a month”. Once the great German’s boss at...

2018 F12 days ago

Pressure got to Vettel in 2018 – Rosberg

Only a “perfect” competitor can knock Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes from their perch at the top of F1. That is...

2018 F12 days ago

Robert Kubica to get $10m boost for 2019 F1 race seat

Robert Kubica’s chances of securing the vacant Williams race seat for 2019 have received a massive boost. Sport Express, a...

2018 F13 days ago

Vettel denies cracking under pressure in 2018

Sebastian Vettel has denied that the pressure got to him in his 2018 title battle. Once ahead of Lewis Hamilton...

2018 F14 days ago

Ricciardo does not want to be the second driver at Red Bull – Valsecchi

Daniel Ricciardo had little choice other than to leave Red Bull. That is the view of Davide Valsecchi, a former...

2018 F14 days ago

‘Very easy’ to make Vettel-like errors – Alesi

Jean Alesi has backed his old team Ferrari, amid criticism of the Italian outfit and its top driver Sebastian Vettel....

2018 F14 days ago

Four drivers line up for second Williams F1 seat

A quartet of drivers are in the running to be British rookie George Russell’s teammate at Williams in 2019. With...

Most Popular is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media