Todt Will Leave FIA Presidency after One Mandate

Jean Todt may have been the one chosen by Max Mosley to succeed him at the helm of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), but the Frenchman has no plans to stay in that position longer than 2013. Meaning he only wants to be president of the ruling body for one term, after which he'll leave it to others to rule the world of motor racing.

I will stay for only one office (term), it's crazy to think Mosley was there for 16 years. I have other things I want to do and life is too short,” admitted Todt in an interview with Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.

Before being elected as new FIA president in October last year, Todt spent the majority of his professional life running the teams of Peugeot and Ferrari, in the WRC and Formula One respectively. Part of the Ferrari triumvirate through the last couple of decades – alongside Michael Schumacher and Ross Brawn – he left the Scuderia at the end of 2007.

Since his was elected president, Todt already started working on some new policies for the future of the sport, bringing significant changes to the sporting and technical rulebook of F1 and the WRC. Additionally, he emphasized the role of women in motorsport, founding the a special F1 Commission ran by former rally driver Michele Mouton.

Talking about the pressure applied on his shoulders in the FIA presidential position, Todt insisted he does what he does for passion, not money.

The stress is not diminished (as FIA president), just different. Compared to Peugeot and Ferrari, the only difference was that I was well paid to work there! Instead, I do this for my passion and to make a contribution to the sport that I love,” added the 63-year old Frenchman.
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