Todt set to stay on as FIA President

Leave a comment

FIA President Jean Todt is set to enter a second term at the end of this year.

Todt, who was an instrumental part of the Ferrari ‘Dream Team’ in the early 2000s, took up the presidency at the end of 2009 after Max Mosley vacated the role, winning the election against Ari Vatanen.

His current term finishes at the end of this year, but Todt is able to extend his tenure by another four years into a second term, and it appears he will exercise this option due to his great backing following an interview with AFP.

“There is still some way to go, but if you have a team pushing you to continue, it is obvious that it makes you want to continue.

“When the people in North, South and Central America say with one voice that you must be present, it is clear that making the decision to continue will be easier. It will weigh heavily in my thinking.”

Todt’s tenure has been seen by many as being successful following a somewhat turbulent era with Mosley at the helm, with the controversy surrounding the latter’s private life overshadowing much of the FIA’s sporting activity.

Under FIA guidelines, Presidents are not permitted to serve more than two terms, meaning that if Todt did enter a second term, he would be forced to stand down in 2017.

Marco Andretti confident that fewer tests won’t hurt Andretti Autosport

Photo: IndyCar
Leave a comment

A small point of debate around the 2018 aero kit has been the manufacturer test days that took place through the Fall of 2017 and into the beginning of 2018. Chiefly, the debate has centered around teams who hadn’t participated in those manufacturer test days and if they’re starting the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season at a disadvantage as a result.

Team Penske, Ed Carpenter Racing, and A.J. Foyt Racing completed test days for Chevrolet, with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing doing so for Honda.

That left teams like Andretti Autosport out of the mix, with some voicing concerns as a result.

However, in a press conference during testing at ISM Raceway last weekend, Marco Andretti explained that he thinks Andretti Autosport should be able to catch up on development, citing the team’s resources – they’re the only IndyCar team with four full-time cars in their stable – and the fact that everyone is still adapting to the new kit.

“I feel like it’s early enough days that, yes, we can catch up,” Andretti said at ISM Raceway. “When there is anything new, a new car, new aero kit, at-track days are huge. We can sim all these things we want. To really get out there and confirm what we’re learning back at the shop is another thing.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay during testing at ISM Raceway. Photo: IndyCar

Andretti continued, “Yeah, I don’t think we should look at it like we’re behind the eight ball. With a four-car team, that’s where we can use it to our benefit. So far so good.”

Teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay, echoed Andretti’s sentiments, adding that while the situation is not perfect, they will need to adapt to it in order to remain competitive.

“Any time you have a new car, to put it into perspective, we’re on track three days on a road course before we get to (the season open in St. Petersburg). That’s a very short amount of time. It’s obviously not ideal, but we’re just going to lace up our boots and get on with it. That’s all you can do.”

Andretti Autosport will have one more team test, at Sebring International Raceway later on in February, before the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Follow@KyleMLavigne