Domenicali Backs Jean Todt for FIA Presidency

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali revealed that he would back former boss Jean Todt for a potential candidature for the presidency of the International Automobile Federation (FIA). The Italian official believes the international body would find a great leader in Todt, whose motorsport knowledge and understanding of F1 politics can only guide him to making the best decisions for the future of the sport.

Asked by Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport what are his thoughts on the matter, Domenicali lobbied for the former Ferrari head, although admitting he can't possibly compare him to Mosley.

“I worked alongside him (Todt) so I do not know Mosley as well. I personally believe Todt is a person who knows how to interpret a role well in the context that is required,” said Domenicali in the aforementioned interview, pointing out that Todt's past with Ferrari would not influence his judgement if taking FIA's presidential seat.

The Frenchman announced his withdrawal from all positions within the Ferrari company last week. Although he had retired as Ferrari team principal at the end of 2007, he continued to be involved in several other activities with the Maranello-based team through 2008. Ending all his duties with the prancing horse led to several speculations in the Italian (and worldwide) media that he is actually paving his way through the FIA presidency.

Earlier this year, McLaren's Ron Dennis was also linked with a potential candidature for FIA's presidency, shortly after announcing his retirement as team principal of McLaren Mercedes. The British official then denied the rumors, arguing that the future FIA president (if any) will not have to be chosen from within former F1 team principals.

Max Mosley, current president of the FIA, is yet to announce whether he'll run for another mandate for this year's elections – scheduled in June – or step down from his role within the international body.
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