Jean Todt (FRA) FIA President with Mattia Binotto (ITA) Ferrari Team Principal. 20.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 7, French Grand Prix, Paul Ricard, France

Todt ‘in talks over Ferrari consultancy role’ after end of FIA presidency

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Jean Todt, who oversaw Ferrari’s then-unprecedented domination of Formula 1 in the 2000s, could return to the team after his tenure as FIA president concludes next week, according to reports in Italy.

The 75-year-old will stand down as head of the governing body of world motorsport following its elections on December 17th.

Newspaper Corriere della Sera claimed Todt has spoken with Ferrari chairman John Elkann several times about the possibility of returning to the Scuderia. The talks are believed have begun at the Le Mans 24 Hours in August, where Elkann gave the signal to start the race.

The report claims Todt would return in a consultancy role similar to that previously occupied by the late Niki Lauda at Mercedes.

Such a move would bolster the political clout of F1’s most famous team, bringing the hugely experienced Todt back into its fold alongside – and not in place of – team principal Mattia Binotto. Todt retains close connections to his former Ferrari colleagues Stefano Domenicali and Ross Brawn, who hold senior roles in the sport’s administration respectively as president and motorsport director of Formula 1.

However a Ferrari spokesperson told RaceFans they were unaware of any plans for Todt to return.

As team principal, Todt took Ferrari to six consecutive constructors’ championships between 1999 and 2004, during which time Michael Schumacher won the drivers title five years in a row. Ferrari went on to claim their most recent championship trophies in 2007 and 2008, after which Todt joined the FIA.

Next week’s FIA presidential election is being contested by Todt’s deputy president, Graham Stoker, and rival Mohamed Ben Sulayem.

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5 comments on “Todt ‘in talks over Ferrari consultancy role’ after end of FIA presidency”

  1. How surprising if true.

  2. Jay (@slightlycrusty)
    8th December 2021, 11:52

    He was a massive pain in the neck as a Ferrari man, but has been a brilliant and non-partisan president. If he goes back to Ferrari there’s a risk – at the very least there will be a perception – that his FIA connections could unfairly benefit them. Please don’t do it Mr. Todt.

  3. RocketTankski
    8th December 2021, 14:25

    Just when you thought he was out, they pull him back in!

  4. There really needs to be a considerable amount of gardening leave between now and whenever he moves to a team-based role. He has too much info for a move to a team to be fair.

    1. @hobo not the first time that complaints have been raised about FIA personnel being able to take up roles within a team with a fairly small period of gardening leave, in part because of the FIA’s decision to officially employ all of their staff from a Swiss office.

      Consider Marcin Budkowski, whose “gardening leave” period was three months – that was, for an ex-FIA employee, actually one of the longer periods of gardening leave, because Swiss law restricts gardening leave periods quite heavily. Legally speaking, there is likely to be little that could be done to stop him from joining Ferrari within a short period if he chose to do so.

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