• Jul 16, 2009
The heat is on as former Ferrari chief executive Jean Todt has reportedly confirmed his candidacy for FIA president. The Frenchman has been touted as a potential head of the international motorsport governing body and automobile federation for years, with rumors intensifying following his resignation from the top spot at Ferrari over a year ago. However, reports now indicate that the renowned racing strategist will stand for the office to replace the departing Max Mosley.

Todt has a wealth of experience in a variety of motorsport disciplines. After a brief career as a rally co-pilot, Todt went on to head up Peugeot's racing program, bringing the French automaker titles at Le Mans, Dakar and the World Rally Championship. He then went on to head the Scuderia Ferrari F1 team, orchestrating an unprecedented winning streak together with Michael Schumacher and Ross Brawn. Todt was eventually named chief executive of the entire Ferrari operation, a post from which he stepped down last year, while retaining certain influential positions for Ferrari including his seat on the FIA World Motorsport Council.

The son of a Holocaust survivor, Todt's family history appears at odds with Mosley's, to say nothing of Bernie Ecclestone's recent comments. But that didn't stop Mosley from endorsing Todt (or Todt from accepting Mosley's endorsement) as his successor when he finally announcing his intention yesterday not to seek re-election this coming October.

Todt has already assembled part of his 22-member slate, including New Zealand's Brian Gibbons and Britain's Graham Stoker as vice-presidents and American Nick Shaw, current FIA deputy president, to preside over the FIA Senate. He'll be running against Ari Vatanen, a former Dakar and World Rally Champion and current member of the European Parliament.

[Source: BBC | Image: Clive Mason/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      he is extremely capable and could do a really great job as FIA president , but still , people would think that he'd favour Ferrari when they'll need it . that could be true , but remember this guy is stricly professional and even with all the years spent at ferrari he could still be fair.
      • 5 Years Ago
      jajajajaja if that guy wins the f1 is gonna be called de ferrari f1 champioship, jajajaja the same thing to make favors to the red house, hope that this is a joke cause this guy has a face that if he wins the fia chief job ferrari would win everything favored by this guy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        so dont read and most people agree with my opinion, sorry that you dont like it that's life.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd take you more seriously if you weren't so annoying.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now if only we could get rid of Bernie
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone But Bush!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I tip my hat to this guy
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is that Jean Todt or Mel Brooks? Have they ever been seen together?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Its good to be the king.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ari Vatanen is a former member of EuroParlament. He didnt get elected this year. Still, Im rooting for him!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the perfect candidate. He know's all the in's and out's of multiple motosports activities, knows how teams "bend" and "s t r e c h" the rules to stay competitive. Unless he's completely biased towards his past teams (which we have no public indication of) you should expect to see him make changes that challenge teams in a positive manner and make some great racing. And with a little luck and Bernie keeping his mouth shut, possibly restore the enthusiasm of fans, especially F1.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love Ferrari but the last thing the FIA needs is someone out of the Ferrari camp.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A little OT :-)
      Who wants to visit Italy, my country, the site www.italia.it is now available... Think now is very interesting (not just the old version... it was awful)

      Bye :-)
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