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 - over 1 year
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 - almost 2 years
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 - almost 2 years
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 2 years
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 2 years
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 2 years
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 2 years
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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 2013
    Age 66
    He was elected for a new four-year term on 6 December 2013.
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  • 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).
    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.
    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.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1995
    Age 48
    At the end of the 1995 season, Todt asked the German double world champion Michael Schumacher to join the Scuderia.
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  • 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).
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  • 1993
    Age 46
    In 1993, at the age of 47, Todt’s 12 years with Peugeot Talbot Sport came to an end.
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  • 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.
  • 1987
    Age 40
    From 1987 to 1990, he oversaw four successive victories in the Paris-Dakar with Ari Vatanen and Juha Kankkunen.
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    In 1987, Todt adapted the 205 Turbo 16 to off-road rallies with the aim of competing in the showcase Paris-Dakar Rally.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
    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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
    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.
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  • 1946
    Born on February 25, 1946.
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