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Todt returning to Ferrari?

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09/12/2021

Outgoing FIA president, Jean Todt has been linked with a controversial return to his old team Ferrari in a consulting role.

Italy's Corriere della Sera claims that Ferrari chairman, John Elkann has approached Todt with a view to taking on a role similar to that of Niki Lauda at Mercedes.

The move, should it happen, would cause uproar among those fans who already claim that Ferrari's ties to the sport's governing body are questionable, while rival teams would also be unhappy.

Todt joined Ferrari from Peugeot in 1993, having been recruited by Luca di Montezemolo. It was under the Frenchman that the dream team of Michael Schumacher, Rory Byrne and Ross Brawn was put lured from Benetton.

Enjoying 6 world championship titles with Schumacher, in 2004, Todt was appointed CEO of Ferrari in addition to his role as general manager of the racing division.

Having paved the way for Stefano Domenicali to take over as Ferrari boss, he resigned from his various roles at Maranello in early 2009 before announcing his intention to run for the presidency of the FIA.

With the backing of Max Mosley, who was stepping down, Todt beat Ari Vatanen to the role, going on to be re-elected in 2013 and 2017.

For much of his time Todt has concentrated on road safety, launching various initiatives, and in 2015 was appointed the United Nations' Special Envoy for Road Safety.

With many expecting him to move into politics the link with Ferrari comes as something of a surprise, though Todt has yet to comment.

Interestingly, while he was given the backing of the outgoing FIA president during his campaign, Todt had not shown outward support for either of the two current candidates Mohammed Ben Sulayem or Graham Stoker.

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1. Posted by Bill Hopgood, 09/12/2021 18:07

"A return to Ferrari... some say, he never left.

I'd like to think that anything Ferrari related that came across Todt felt could show a perception of favouritism for his hold team he'd have deferred to a suitable colleague being the professional that he, Todt, appears to be.

All in all, I think Todt has been OK at the FIA, a lot lower in profile than his predecessor and working on road safety is extremely worthwhile.

@defiant does bring up an interesting point that will somewhat blot Todt's record as the findings of that enquiry should have been known to the competitors and fans alike.

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2. Posted by Defiant, 09/12/2021 17:13

"Ohhhhh surprise surprise. Payment for his overly lenient dealings on the Ferrari cheating "accusations" scandal a couple of years back no doubt."

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