Schumacher Says Todt Can Change the FIA

Michael Schumacher is not so keen on seeing the policies imposed by Max Mosley live on after his retirement, yet he is very much in favor of seeing his former team principal Jean Todt at the helm of the FIA later this month. Ten days before the elections, the 7-time Formula One champion lobbied once again for the Frenchman, saying that his potential presidency will change the face of the governing body.

The German driver argued against the people that think Todt's leadership will only be a continuation of Mosley's in recent years, insisting that the Frenchman's abilities to work as a team player while still implementing his plans are not to be contested by anyone.

I know that there are some people who say that Jean's presidency would be a continuation of Max's leadership. I can only tell these people that they do not know Jean. He has his own expert knowledge, his own agenda and his own leadership style. From my experience he will implement his plans for the FIA in his own way, as a team player,” said Schu in an open letter to the FIA member clubs on Wednesday.

It's no secret that Mosley supports Todt for the FIA presidency this month, as the 69-year old Brit consistently lobbied for the Frenchman from the moment he announced his retirement from the job. Considering the amount of enemies Mosley had within the world of Formula One, one would not exaggerate when saying that he hardly did Todt a favor when he made his choice public.

In many conversations we have had recently I have understood how detailed and thoughtful Jean's policy programme is. I have also understood that he will bring about the many changes he is preparing for in his very own way: through building consensus with all of the many stakeholders; rather than through confrontation. He will work as part of a team of experts, for the benefit of the world of sport and mobility,” added Schumacher.

In the end, Schu agreed that the FIA needs to proceed to several changes in the upcoming years, yet these changes need to be made by someone whose expertise cannot be placed under any doubt.

I deeply feel it is time for some changes, but these changes must be managed carefully by someone as skillful as Jean who has formed the right team of people to on the one hand appreciate the great achievements of the FIA and on the other hand really make change happen,” concluded the 40-year old German.
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