Jean Todt
French racing driver
Jean Todt
Jean Todt is a French motor sport executive. After a successful career as a rally co-driver he made his reputation in motor sport management, first with Peugeot Talbot Sport, then with Scuderia Ferrari, before being appointed Chief Executive Officer of Ferrari from 2004 to 2008. Since 23 October 2009 he has been President of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).
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F1 governing body welcomes Liberty Media investment - 6 months
LONDON (Reuters) - Jean Todt, the head of Formula One's governing body which has to approve any takeover of the sport, said on Thursday he looked forward to working with new owners Liberty Media and welcomed the U.S. company's investment.
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Jean Todt: 'We need to increase use of electric cars'
CNN - 10 months
The FIA president talks to CNN about the part he played in creating the world's first all electric race series, Formula E.
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F1 to return to 2015 qualifying format
Yahoo News - 11 months
By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One will revert to its 2015 qualifying format at next week's Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai and for the remainder of the season, the governing FIA said in a statement on Thursday after backing down in the face of opposition from teams. The change will be put to the F1 Commission and World Motor Sport Council to be rubber-stamped, bringing an end to a failed experiment to shake up starting grids with elimination qualifying. The statement said International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Jean Todt and the sport's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone had accepted the move "in the interests of the Championship".
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Maldonado hoping for 2017 return to F1, says manager
Yahoo News - about 1 year
By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado has not given up on Formula One and hopes to be back next year after being dropped by the Renault-owned Lotus team, his manager Nicolas Todt said on Tuesday. "We will try to bounce back in 2017." The Frenchman, son of International Automobile Federation (FIA) president and former Ferrari team principal Jean Todt, said the decision to replace Maldonado had come late in the day but the split was amicable. Maldonado announced on Monday, in a statement posted on Twitter, that he would not be on the starting grid when the season starts in Australia on March 20.
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F1 close to cheaper engine solution, says Todt
Yahoo News - about 1 year
By Alan Baldwin BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - Formula One is close to a solution that would allow hard-up private teams to secure cheaper engines from the sport's four manufacturers without the need for an alternative supplier, FIA president Jean Todt said on Friday. Speaking just hours before the deadline for the manufacturers to come up with proposals, as they agreed to do last November, the Frenchman said he was optimistic after recent meetings. "They (the manufacturers) are going to make some proposals by tonight," he told reporters at the annual Autosport International show.
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F1 drivers to wear black armbands for Paris victims
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Drivers will wear black armbands as a tribute to the victims of the deadly Paris attacks when they are presented to Formula One fans before Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix. A flatbed truck carrying drivers around the track on the normally joyous parade lap will also be decorated with a French flag with a black ribbon, according to changes made by the sport's governing International Automobile Federation (FIA), Paris-based and led by Frenchman Jean Todt. Sunday is the United Nations' World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
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Todt says Ferrari need to handle F1 veto with care
Yahoo News - over 1 year
By Alan Baldwin MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The head of Formula One's governing body Jean Todt has compared Ferrari's veto rights to a "gun in the pocket" that must be handled with care. Ferrari last month used their historic right to block a move to reduce the cost of engines and gearboxes for struggling teams. "It was a disappointment when Ferrari decided to use its veto right on the price of limitation, for the customer teams, so I have been trying to see what could be an option," Todt, himself a former Ferrari team principal, told reporters at the Mexican Grand Prix.
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FIA head Todt has open road to re-election - over 3 years
LONDON (Reuters) - Jean Todt, the president of world motorsport's governing body, will stand unopposed for re-election next month after rival David Ward announced on Thursday he was withdrawing his candidacy.
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Todt junior plays his hand in F1 driver market
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Alan Baldwin GREATER NOIDA, India (Reuters) - Nicolas Todt is a busy man as Formula One's driver market shifts up a gear. The Frenchman, son of International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Jean Todt, is manager to Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado as well as Brazilian Felipe Massa and France's Jules Bianchi. Bianchi has been confirmed at tail-enders Marussia but, with Massa out of Ferrari at the end of the year and uncertainty over Maldonado's future at Williams, Todt has work to do as the season enters the final straight. ...
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FIA President Jean Todt confirms he will stand for re-election against challenger David Ward
Fox News - over 3 years
International Automobile Federation President Jean Todt has confirmed he will stand for re-election later this year.
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Todt to seek re-election as FIA president
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Alan Baldwin MONZA, Italy (Reuters) - Jean Todt announced on Saturday he will seek a second term as head of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), motorsport's world governing body. "There is no speculation: I will go for it," the Frenchman told reporters at the Italian Grand Prix. "Yesterday it was announced that campaigning for election was opening. All our community knows and I have a lot of support," added the former Ferrari team principal who was first elected in 2009. ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jean Todt
  • 2015
    Age 68
    On 29 April 2015, Jean Todt was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as his Special Envoy for Road Safety.
    More Details Hide Details Under his direction, Peugeot won 4 World Rally Championship titles (drivers and manufacturers), won the Paris-Dakar Rally 4 times, and twice won the Le Mans 24 Hours. During his time at Ferrari, the Scuderia won 14 Formula One World Championship titles (drivers and manufacturers). Todt was born in Pierrefort, a southern Cantal village in the Auvergne region of France, the son of a Jewish doctor who fled Poland to France at the age of 17. 2 Todt was always enthusiastic about cars and motor racing. While he was graduating from the École des Dirigeants et Créateurs d'Entreprise (EDC) business school in Paris, he would spend his spare time tuning cars with a group of friends at the Madeleine garage in Asnières near Paris.
  • 2014
    Age 67
    In December 2014 he was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Suu Foundation, a humanitarian organization seekong to advance the health and education of the people of Myanmar (Burma) founded by Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.
    More Details Hide Details Since June 2015, Jean Todt is a Member of the Board of Directors of the International Peace Institute. Fifty-four WRC competitions as co-driver with a total of four victories between 1973 and 1981: Todt's son, Nicolas Todt (co-owner of the ART Grand Prix GP2 team), was born in 1977. Since 2004 his partner has been actress Michelle Yeoh. When Todt was appointed FIA president, an English paper already predicted he could “play the glamour card with the support of his partner and ex-Bond girl Michelle Yeoh“, and she often accompanies him when he is invited in his capacity as FIA president. Yeoh also acts as ambassador of the FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society. This foundation, existing within the FIA since 2001, launched in 2011 the "Decade of Action for Road Safety" and produced the documentary Turning Point.
  • 2013
    Age 66
    He was elected for a new four-year term on 6 December 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Todt is a member of the French Académie des sports and Académie des technologies. He sits on the board of directors of the Groupe Lucien Barrière (a French luxury hotel and casino group, owned by his friend Dominique Desseigne), Edmond de Rotschild SA and Gaumont Film Company. He is also an administrator of the Société des Amis du Musée d'Art moderne de la ville de Paris. Along with Michael Schumacher, Todt is a founding member of the ICM (Institut du cerveau et de la moelle épinière, a brain and spinal cord research group). The driver and his team principal have made regular contributions to the Foundation for many years and have not hesitated to use their image to further its aims. To benefit the organization, Schumacher and Todt appeared in the movie Asterix at the Olympic Games, released in January 2008. The driver played the role of Schumix, a chariot driver, and Todt was his race director. Todt is also Vice President of the ICM Foundation.
  • 2009
    Age 62
    On 23 October 2009, he was elected President of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (by 135 votes against 49 for Finnish driver and MEP Ari Vatanen).
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    On 16 July 2009, he officially announced his intention of running for the Presidency of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile in the election that was due to take place in October.
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    In April 2009, he became President of “eSafety Aware!” for the promotion of the smart vehicles and new safety technologies, which enabled him to improve his knowledge of the internal workings of the FIA while organising his campaign with the help of his partner, Michelle Yeoh, FIA’s Ambassador for Road Safety.
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    He nonetheless remained a member of the board of Ferrari for a further year before resigning all his functions within the Italian firm in March 2009, after winning 14 world titles and claiming 106 victories.
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  • 2008
    Age 61
    Then, on 18 March 2008, he resigned his position as Special Advisor to the Ferrari board, to be replaced by Amedeo Felisa.
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  • 2007
    Age 60
    In 2007, he prepared the ground for Stefano Domenicali to succeed him as head of the Scuderia as from 1 January 2008.
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  • 2006
    Age 59
    On October 2006, 3 days after the end of the Formula One season and following the retirement of Michael Schumacher, he took up a new post as a Special Advisor for the Scuderia Ferrari.
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  • 2004
    Age 57
    On 1 June 2004, Todt was appointed CEO of Ferrari in addition to his title of General Manager of the Racing Division.
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  • 1995
    Age 48
    At the end of the 1995 season, Todt asked the German double world champion Michael Schumacher to join the Scuderia.
    More Details Hide Details Generally considered to be the best driver of his generation, Schumacher agreed to put his skills to Todt’s mission. The two were to establish a friendship. In 1996, Schumacher won two consecutive victories in first the Belgian and then the Italian Grand Prix. Todt then hired two former Benetton managers, the designer and aerodynamics specialist Rory Byrne and technical director Ross Brawn, to replace John Barnard. In 1997 and 1998 Ferrari missed out on the world drivers’ title by a few points during the final races of the season, in 1997 behind Jacques Villeneuve’s Williams-Renault and in 1998 and 1999 behind Mika Häkkinen’s McLaren-Mercedes. Todt achieved his goal of reviving Ferrari by winning victories with Schumacher in five consecutive world championships (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004), a first in the history of Formula One.
  • 1994
    Age 47
    In 1994, barely a year after Todt took up the challenge, Gerhard Berger won the German Grand Prix (Ferrari’s first win in 4 years).
    More Details Hide Details Even so, Michael Schumacher’s Benetton-Ford (world champion in 1994 and 1995) and the Williams-Renault cars of Ayrton Senna, Damon Hill, Nigel Mansell and David Coulthard largely dominated the competition.
  • 1993
    Age 46
    In 1993, at the age of 47, Todt’s 12 years with Peugeot Talbot Sport came to an end.
    More Details Hide Details He was recruited by Luca di Montezemolo, the new CEO of Scuderia Ferrari. On 1 July of that year at the French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours, he started in as the General Manager of the Racing Division at the head of a team of four hundred technicians. He was the first non-Italian ever to head the Scuderia. His challenge was to lead Ferrari back to success at a time when the renowned Italian Formula One stable was experiencing some of the worst days in its history. The Italian team was undermined by internal quarrels and a production system that was partly delocalised. The Scuderia had won no driver’s championship since 1979. Todt set about restructuring the management of the Racing Division.
  • 1992
    Age 45
    In 1992, he won the Le Mans 24 Hours with the Peugeot 905 driven by Derek Warwick, Yannick Dalmas and Mark Blundell and, in 1993, again at Le Mans, three 905 cars driven by Geoff Brabham, Christophe Bouchut and Éric Hélary achieved a 1-2-3 victory.
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  • 1987
    Age 40
    From 1987 to 1990, he oversaw four successive victories in the Paris-Dakar with Ari Vatanen and Juha Kankkunen.
    More Details Hide Details Peugeot subsequently decided to withdraw from off-road rallying and left the field open to Citroën who won the event with the Citroën ZX Rallye-Raid, based on the Peugeot 405 chassis.
    In 1987, Todt adapted the 205 Turbo 16 to off-road rallies with the aim of competing in the showcase Paris-Dakar Rally.
    More Details Hide Details He became the centre of attention in the 1989 Paris-Dakar when he tossed a coin to decide between his two drivers Ari Vatanen and Jacky Ickx to ensure that their rivalry would not lead to one of them quitting and costing the team victory.
  • 1984
    Age 37
    In 1984, Peugeot returned to the World Rally Championship and, in 1985 and 1986, the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 Group B driven first by Timo Salonen then by Juha Kankkunen obtained back-to-back manufacturers’ World Championship titles.
    More Details Hide Details In 1986 Henri Toivonen died driving a Lancia Delta during the Tour de Corse rally and the FIA decided to drop the Group B class as being too fast and too dangerous.
  • 1981
    Age 34
    He was the second contender to declare, the 1981 world rally champion Ari Vatanen having announced his candidature just a few days earlier.
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    In 1981, he retired from competing as a co-driver and was appointed Director of Racing for Peugeot by the then CEO Jean Boillot at a time when PSA Peugeot Citroën was experiencing major financial difficulties as well as image problems.
    More Details Hide Details He applied his abilities as an organiser and strategist to the creation of Peugeot Talbot Sport, which he set up to spearhead the French firm’s return to competition. He was the mastermind behind the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16, Peugeot 405 Turbo 16 and Peugeot 905.
    In 1981, as Guy Fréquelin’s co-driver with Talbot, a Peugeot subsidiary, he won the manufacturers’ World Rally Championship and was runner-up in the drivers’ World Rally Championship.
    More Details Hide Details At the same time, he was increasingly moving out from his role as a co-driver by participating in the management of the team and in relations with the FIA.
  • 1969
    Age 22
    By 1969, Todt was involved with world-class rally stars such as Jean-Pierre Nicolas, Rauno Aaltonen, Ove Andersson, Hannu Mikkola and Guy Fréquelin.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to enjoy success as a co-driver with Jean-François Piot, Ove Andersson, Achim Warmbold, Jean Guichet, Hannu Mikkola, Jean-Claude Lefèbvre, Timo Mäkinen, Jean-Pierre Nicolas and Guy Fréquelin.
  • 1966
    Age 19
    He first co-drove with Guy Chasseuil in 1966 and his talent for calculation, strategy and organisation quickly made him a sought-after navigator.
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    After High School, Todt studied at the "Ecole des Cadres" School of Economics and Business in Paris. In 1966, he started his career as a rally co-driver and participated to the World Championship rallies with most of the car manufacturers together with international rally drivers until 1981 when, with Guy Fréquelin, they won the Constructors' World Rally Championship with Talbot Lotus.
    More Details Hide Details He also represented the drivers in the FISA (Fédération Internationale du Sport Automobile) Rally Commission from 1975 to 1981. The young Todt was fascinated by motor sport and had special respect for drivers like Jim Clark and Dan Gurney. Borrowing the parental Mini Cooper to drive in rallies, he soon decided his greatest strength was as a co-driver.
  • 1946
    Born on February 25, 1946.
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