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Todt: I'll only be FIA President for one term

New FIA President Jean Todt has conceded that he will not be staying in the role for anything like the 'crazy' length of time his controversial predecessor Max Mosley did - as he offered interesting views on the budget cap and his vision for the future of F1...
Jean Todt has revealed that he will only remain in the position of FIA President for a single term, describing the 16-year tenure of the controversial and divisive Max Mosley as 'crazy' – even if the Englishman 'did a tremendous job on safety' during his stint at the helm of F1's governing body.

Todt defeated former World Rally Champion Ari Vatanen in a landslide election in October to succeed Mosley in the most powerful and influential post in international motorsport – though fears were expressed prior to the duel that the former Ferrari team principal would be unable to remain unbiased in the role and would be in effect little more than a puppet to dispense out Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone's ever-more unpopular whims.

What's more, some have opined that in the three months since assuming his new responsibilities, the Frenchman has been unnervingly quiet as to almost appear invisible, with some suggesting that behind-the-scenes it is still his predecessor who is truly pulling the strings. His new disclosure, then, is sure to assuage some of those critics.

“I've been urged to write a book,” Todt told Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I will, but only after my term as President of the FIA, and it won't just be a book about Ferrari. I'll only stay at the FIA for one term; it's crazy to think Mosley was there for 16 years. I've got other things I want to do, and life's too short.

“[The stress] hasn't lessened; it's just different. Compared with Peugeot and Ferrari, the only difference is that there I was well-paid for what I did – here I'm not. I do it for my passion and because I believe in it and want to make a contribution to a field, to a sport I love.

“Is my heart with Ferrari or Schumi? It's with the FIA. Ferrari has been the most significant period in my life, but now that's in the past, I talk to them as I do with the other teams. I'm too old to listen to those who say I'll be too close to Schumi and Ross Brawn. I'll be in Bahrain with the World Council so that members can get out on the track and experience it first-hand, but I prefer to watch the grands prix on TV.

“[Mosley is] a friend [and] one of the most intelligent people I've ever known, but even when he was an enemy he was great – he did a tremendous job on safety whether on the road or the track. You only have to think that since [Ayrton] Senna no-one has died, and if we look at [Felipe] Massa's accident... And everyone has their own style.”

Describing comeback king Michael Schumacher as 'shy and reserved' and 'a friend' rather than a son or a brother – 'because you don't choose your family, but you do choose your friends' – Todt argued that the record-breaking multiple F1 World Champion 'will be fast again if they give him the right car' in 2010.

He insisted, moreover, that in the 'Singapore-gate' race-fixing scandal, the evidence against ex-Renault F1 managing director Flavio Briatore 'was there...so much so that someone even apologised, adding that 'we will re-visit the matter, particularly on the subject of licences – we'll make sure that all team managers must have one.”




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andrew mac

February 09, 2010 10:16 PM
Last Edited 207 days ago

I think this may be quite telling of the poor state that the FIA he inherited is in. Mabye Todt thinks that the rot is so deep that it will take too much time and energy for too long to get rid of the Mosleyitis. Pity, I think he is the guy for the job. He turned Ferrari from a laughing stock into the best and most dominant team seen in F1. If he can do that, surely he is capable of sorting out the FIA. Having said that, 4 years is a long time so who knows. Something to watch this is.



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