Jean Todt Dismisses Favoritism Allegations If FIA President

Former Ferrarian and current candidate for the FIA presidency Jean Todt today insisted that he will be totally impartial in his relationship with the Formula One teams. Although he was heavily linked with favoritism ruling towards former team Ferrari, the 63-year old Frenchman once again stated that he will only make decisions in the best interest of the sport, not a team in particular.

Initially some people suggested that I would be Ferrari's choice for the presidency, then the media was that told that Ferrari didn't want me, and the Scuderia responded by saying that they were in fact neutral. Of course, I completely agree with them. They should be neutral as I will be to all the teams if I am elected president,” said Todt in a Q&A session, shortly after rival Ari Vatanen announced his own cabinet members for the presidential campaign.

This is a question of commitment and professionalism. The success I have enjoyed, with every team that I have ever worked with, has been founded upon professionalism and a total commitment to that team's goals. My approach to the FIA is no different.

I would not contemplate running for election as president if I could not focus all my professionalism, energy and commitment upon achieving the goals which are in the best interests of the FIA. Acting as the guardian of the FIA's independence is central to this,” added the Frenchman.

In addition, Todt revealed he already received an invitation from the Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA) which he'll honor soon enough, as he reckoned the drivers are a sine-qua-non part of the motor racing world.

I look forward to the opportunity to talk with them when I visit a forthcoming Grand Prix. Teamwork has been a fundamental characteristic of my achievements in motor sport, it characterizes my approach to the current election campaign, and, if successful, it will also characterize my Presidency of the FIA.”

I'm confident that all drivers, from F1 as well as other motor sport disciplines, will cooperate in this spirit of teamwork and build on the outstanding contributions many of them have already made to the work of the FIA, FIA Institute and FIA Foundation, whether on the track or on the road.”
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