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Jean Todt At The 2009 Monaco Grand Prix

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - Jean Todt was in the Monaco Grand Prix paddocks last weekend and with a lot less to worry about than in recent years when he was the Team Principal of the Scuderia Ferrari F1 team, and had to think each race weekend about how to get his drivers to the podium. In March 2009, Todt stepped down from Ferrari to pursue other interests. He will probably still remain very close to Formula 1 in his future plans, as he is a key element of its success and brings his visionary thinking to the sport.

Jean Todt was appointed Team Principal of the Scuderia Ferrari F1 team in 1993. Todt worked diligently each year to build Ferrari into the powerhouse team that it eventually became. With his signing of the considerable driving talent of Michael Schumacher, choosing Ross Brawn for his technical prowess, and inputting his own highly effective leadership style, Ferrari won five F1 Driver's Championships between 2000 and 2004, and six F1 Constructor's Championships between 1999 and 2004. In 2007 Todt handed over the overall management position of the Ferrari Formula 1 team to Stefano Domenicali, and took on the role as Ferrari's CEO.

Recent speculation is that Jean Todt is very high on the list to become the FIA President when Max Mosley retires.  One thing that is certain is that Todt brings considerable skills to Formula 1, and his presence in the F1 Paddocks can only deliver good things for the sport and secure a future for it in this time of rapidly changing automotive technology.


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