Todt: No corruption problem in F1


Formula 1's governing body won't suffer the same fate as their football counterparts, FIFA, in terms of corruption, according to FIA boss Jean Todt.

The world of football is going through a major crisis after several high-ranking FIFA officials were arrested in Switzerland on corruption charges.

The organisation's top brass are also accused of fraud, collusion and bribery with regards to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting rights to Russia and Qatar respectively.

Although F1 had some bad press last year after F1 commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone involved in a high-profile bribery trial in Germany, Todt says the sport is clean.

"There is no way that the FIA could have the same problems with corruption that FIFA are experiencing," the Frenchman said during the Formula E race in Moscow.

Ecclestone was accused of paying German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky $44 million (£26m) to ensure that a company he favoured could buy a stake in F1, but he denied any wrongdoing.

The charges against the 84-year-old were dropped after he agreed to make a $100m (£60m) payment to a German criminal court.