• Mar 20th 2008 at 6:05PM
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As we reported yesterday, the Ferrari board agreed to dismiss Jean Todt from his position as CEO. But we wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the Frenchman altogether. Todt has been known as one of the busiest people in the industry, and while everyone deserves a little downtime, at 62 Todt isn't expected to disappear so quickly.

Rumors have been circulating for years that Todt could succeed Max Mosley as president of the FIA, the international motorsport governing body that regulates Formula One, among many other racing series. Those rumors are only intensifying in the wake of Todt's resignation. Todt and Mosley are known to share a close relationship, and the current president is not expected to run for another term when his current one expires next year. The speculation breeds as well on the fact that even after stepping down from the top spot at Ferrari, Todt remains the Scuderia's representative on the FIA council, leaving him with a foothold in the governing body that could come in handy when it heads into elections in October 2009.

[Source: GrandPrix.com, Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      The sooner Max Mosley looses all influence over F1, the better. Ecclestone needs to be "nexed" ASAP, too!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Jean Todt's new F1 rule: only red cars may win, and only Italian cars may be painted red
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have always liked Todt. Regardless of who he worked for, I think this will be a good move.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I just wish we could rid the world of Bernie Ecclestone
        • 7 Years Ago
        Absolutely Correct!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      If there is anyone thinking Todt could actually be "objective" after being with the Scuderia since 1993, you're being really optimistic.
      I don't think Ecclestone needs to go; he just needs to stop trying to get rid of the classic races. Spa, Monza, Monaco and Silverstone should be untouchable! Even Suzuka and the old Hockenheim. Jeez.
      Mosley, please, exit stage left. You've become as much a buffoon as Balestre was.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Agree. Todt can't be objective and balanced with 15years of Ferrari immersion. Get rid of Mosley and don't replace him with Todt - Stewart, Hiil or Brundle would all be better candidates. No blue blazer bureaucrats either.