I rushed to the GT1 World Championship in Paris this morning. I apologise for the slight glitch in lap times from the final test: trying to do too many things at the same time I guess. The bottom line is that the top cars are all very closely-matched. Are they really this close? We will have to see…
At the GT1 launch I saw a lot of old friends. It seems that old F1 drivers end up driving these things. I went because I wanted to have a quick chat with FIA President to see where we are with a number of Formula 1 issues at the moment and the federation has been very quiet. I wanted to know specifically about the F1 Commissioner role and the FIA view about Stefan GP and the mess with USF1. Todt was not really programmed to talk about F1 but was nonetheless helpful.
“I did not say that we would have a commissioner at the start of the season,” he said. By all accounts this is not an easy job to fill and Jean says that he will be holding a press conference in Bahrain to give more details about his Formula 1 ideas.
When it came to Stefan GP’s entry, it was clear that this is problematical.
“We have rules that we have to protect,” he said. But when asked if acquiring USF1’s entry was the only way for Stefan GP to get an entry, he would not be drawn. He said that the FIA was looking for solutions but would not be drawn on what those solutions will be. This will all be revealed in the days ahead.
Todt used the GT1 launch to draw attention to the FIA’s campaign to improve road safety and pointed out that tomorrow in New York the United Nations General Assembly will discuss the next UN resolution on road safety which proposes a 10-year plan of action to combat the problem. This grew out of the FIA’s Commission for Global Road Safety which has been campaigning for the plan for some years, its aim being to reduce the projected increase in road traffic fatalities by 50% from its anticipated 2020 level.