FIA President Jean Todt turned up in Spain on Saturday night to attend the Spanish GP, having spent the day in Monaco, watching a Formula E race on the lower part of the F1 circuit (the hill apparently being a little too much for the e-mobiles to manage). In the meantime, the road safety world is getting very upset about Todt’s appointment to be UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s special envoy for road safety. If the criticism was only coming from one or two organisations one could write them off as nutters, but a letter has been published that is supported by no fewer than 100 non government organisations from over 50 countries (yes, these are the correct numbers) saying that they “strongly disapprove” of the appointment of Todt, described as “the head of the International Automobile Federation/Formula 1”. The letter says that there are “multiple conflicts of interest” in the appointment and that it is “akin to appointing the head of a tobacco company as a Special Envoy for Cancer”. The letter added that the appointment was a private choice made by the Secretary General and that the system of such appointments was “antiquated and secretive”.
Oops, looks like JT sat on a right old hornets’ nest.
Maybe fixing Formula 1 is better option after all…
Very little is expected to come out of the F1 Strategy Group meeting next week.