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Vatanen wants to keep Silverstone

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Ari Vatanen wants to keep Silverstone as an F1 venue and has pledged to do all he can to keep it on the calendar if he is elected head of the FIA next month.

The Finnish driver, who is a former world rally champion, wants to see races at traditional F1 circuits such as Hockenheim kept.

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Do you agree with Vatanen? Do you think he would make a good replacement for Max Mosley? Or are you supporting former Ferrari head Jean Todt?

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posted Sep 9, 2009

Hope they vote for Vatenen. It is well and above time for a change. Let us hope he is clean and his mind is fixed on what is right for F1. So tired of the internal political fighting and wrangling. Let's get on with what we all enjoy best of all, F1 with true racing and without the prima donnas throwing their rattles out of their prams. Just tired of lies and cheating. This latest accusation about Renault just about tin lids it for me. Great cars and drivers, great cars with good drivers, great cars with not so good drivers and desperate drivers with OK cars. So what. It's in the mix and that is what makes F1 great. Surely we are not going to keep on accepting the politics, the accused cheating and lying and worse of all the preference of the FIA. Surely the drivers don't want to live with that and I for one certainly do not. Politics from to bottom, is this what it has come to? It takes the pleasure out of the free practice, qualifying and the race. Is it all a set up or can we finally get back to grass roots? Let's hope the rest of the season is trouble free and 2010 is just a great example of what F1 is really about. Just a simple minded soul but truly saddened by the turn F1 has taken.

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posted Sep 9, 2009

Silverstone should be retained as the British GP venue if at all possible. It remains one of the few places where F1 cars can really stretch their legs. Street circuits and mickey mouse autodromes are not for F1. This is the same reason we need to keep Spa and Monza on the calendar and bring back Suzuka.
If you want more of the divisive Mosley era then Todt is your man. Remember, this was the man in charge at Ferrari when the secret veto deal was concluded with the FIA. Apparently, even Ferrari don't want to see Todt as president, so that speaks volumes about his integrity.
F1 needs to be creating headlines about how attractive it is as a spectator sport, and not constantly being in the spotlight for political machinations and private scandals. Ari Vatanen is the sports best hope for a more honest and transparent future.

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posted Sep 9, 2009

ARI for president, and Silverstone MUST be returned for the UK GP

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posted Sep 9, 2009

Beneath the thin public fascade F1 is corrupt to the core and has been for many years (not a suprise when so much money is involved). It has been under the stewardship of the Bernie and Max show for far too long now and change is well overdue. With Todt being pushed forward and so publically backed by Max, it not only smacks of something that Robert Mugabe would do but underpins the long standing suspicion that Max and Bernie have long favoured Ferrari. Ferrari are too important to F1 because they attract so much revenue - so its understandable that htey would want to maintain the status quo.

Ari will have his work cut out - but I believe his pragmatism, cool head and diplomatic skills coupled with charisma and motorsport's universal respect for him will yield results.

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posted Sep 10, 2009

I think Ari's the man to go for, not only is he the nicest guy in motorsport but he's neutral.. Jean Todt was famously the Ferrari boss but less famously the boss of Peugeot sport in rallying who are basically now Citroen. He's already got his eggs in baskets, Ari doesn't like eggs, just milk.

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posted Sep 10, 2009

Ari would undoubtedly be the best man for the job.
He has age on his side, tested political savvy and no F1 "baggage".

While he would be known to the rallying world it would be as a seasoned and skilled competitor not as a manipulating manager.

It would be good for the FIA if the new president came from outside the F1 world.
While F1 if financially very important to the operation of the FIA it should not be the president's sole focus.

Other branches of motorsport should feel equally represented as should the average motorist, who Ari has already voiced his support for...

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posted Sep 10, 2009

Vatinan should explain why he has discounted a human cause for global warming before he denies he is a global warming critic.
Perhaps some of these emotional supporters of Vatenan can give an example of just one policy he is going to put in place?
So far I have read nothing but platitudes and good intentions.
Even a failed Euro MP cannot run the FIA without policies.

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posted Sep 10, 2009

It would be good , for a change at the top.Mosley, like anyone will back some one of like minded thinking and that way of thinking has brought the sport to where it is today.It is obvious that the sport has not been in a good place this year so why would the people at the top even contemplate on going round the same track again..Time a new perspective was brought in.We can only hope that Vatanen can do this.I fear Todt will leave the sport bogged down in the run off area.Wheels spinning but going nowhere, but deeper into the dirt.

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posted Sep 10, 2009

My vote would be for Ari who says he is for classic circuits such as Silverstone. What a shame to see the demise of these circuits in favour of mickey mouse circuits funded by tin-pot governments - where hardly anyone one turns up.
As for Todt, what F1 needs is a lot less of what went on when he was at Ferrari. A new era of democracy and openness would make welcome change.

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posted Sep 10, 2009

Vatinan is blantently the better choice for motorsport as a whole. He's a fin so like all fins loves to race and i think he'll do the best job at bringing formula one back to a place where its about on the track racing. Not only that but he understands the importance of motorsport in developing technology that can be used in all aspects of life. He also has no bias towards any team. I fear if Todt is voted in then we are in for another 15-20yrs of in-fighting and threats of breakaways. We need someone who is from outside F1, Vatinan would be a perfect choice.

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