However after a profession that has included success in rallying, sportscars and F1, plus three-terms on the helm of motor racing’s governing physique, it was unlikely he would merely stroll away from the game.
A report in Corriere della Sera on Wednesday pointed, nevertheless, to at least one potential avenue that may very well be Todt’s focus over the subsequent few years: a sensational return to Ferrari in a brilliant marketing consultant sort position as soon as his FIA successor is asserted on December 17.
The story means that Todt has been in fixed contact with Ferrari president John Elkann concerning the thought of taking on some advisory position at his former crew.
It might not be a coincidence that Todt was in Maranello a couple of days in the past to help the second version of the ‘Women on Monitor – Rising Stars’ initiative promoted by the FIA.
Any potential position for Todt at Ferrari would reconnect the crew to its profitable previous, with the Frenchman having delivered a complete of 14 drivers’ and constructors’ titles throughout a tenure as crew principal after which CEO on the squad from 1993 to 2009.
It’s urged that Todt may tackle a task that will enable Elkann to delegate sure political capabilities within the administration of the Scuderia, such because the dialogue of the 2026 rules, with out taking away any of the obligations of crew boss Mattia Binotto.
In reality, it may serve to assist Binotto in having the ability to give attention to extra rapid efficiency because the Scuderia bids to get again to profitable methods in 2022.
Jean Todt, Ferrari Sporting Director
Photograph by: Sutton Photographs
It was notable that Elkann didn’t think about Todt for the Ferrari CEO position after Louis Camilleri’s departure final yr, maybe feeling that a 75-year-old determine was not the best one to steer the way forward for the model in a fragile section amid the automotive shift to electrical energy.
Nevertheless, the potential position for Todt now could be completely different, with a extra exterior however politically related position within the Maranello organisation chart, in a interval when getting the best final result to the framing of the 2026 engine guidelines might be important.
These in favour of Todt’s return to Maranello recognise that the Frenchman has nice political energy on this planet of motorsport, and he has in depth data of how the game works.
Let’s not neglect the friendship that binds him to Stefano Domenicali, the present F1 CEO who changed him as Ferrari crew principal. Moreover, Todt’s son Nicolas is the supervisor of Charles Leclerc.
Some examine Todt’s potential position in Ferrari to that which the late Niki Lauda went via twice in his profession – as soon as at Maranello and as soon as at Mercedes.
The primary spell was as Luca di Montezemolo’s right-hand man within the restructuring of Ferrari within the early 1990s. This was when Todt’s personal cycle in command started in 1993. At the moment, Lauda had no operational position and the initiative proved to be a failure.
However Lauda’s later expertise at Mercedes was completely different. He was appointed as non-executive chairman of the F1 crew and was a superb right-hand man to Toto Wolff – and his dedication was ensured as he took a shareholding within the squad.
However may Todt carry sufficient to Ferrari to justify an involvement? Those that shake their heads on the thought counsel it is mindless to recall a former crew boss from an period that the squad has moved on from.
In the end, although, bringing Todt again to Ferrari is a call solely Elkann will know is smart or not.