Jean Todt

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Jean Todt

Jean Todt (born February 25, 1946 in Pierrefort ) is a former French racing driver , former Formula 1 team boss , was CEO of Ferrari from October 2006 to March 2008 and has been President of the FIA, the world automobile association, since October 2009 .


Life before motorsport

Jean Todt is a son of Polish immigrants. His father was a doctor. Todt studied at a Paris business school.


Todt began his motorsport career in 1966 as a co-driver in the World Rally Championship , and from 1969 also internationally. At first he was Guy Chasseuil's co-driver before Todt himself tried to drive some races personally (albeit unsuccessfully). In 1971 he won the Portuguese rally. From 1975 to 1981 he was the rally driver's representative , until 1993 the manufacturer within the Federation Internationale du Sport Automobile (FISA). After retiring as an active player in 1981, he was responsible for the racing division of the French manufacturer Peugeot . There he founded the Talbot Sport Team. Under his leadership, the team dominated in 1985 and 1986, with the team winning two drivers 'titles, two constructors' titles and four victories at the Dakar Rally . After the end of his career in 1990 he became race director of his team, which won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1992 and 1993 .

Formula 1 at Ferrari

In the 1993 season, Peugeot turned down a Formula 1 entry (which then took place in 1994, first with McLaren, later with Jordan and Prost), and Jean Todt received an offer from Ferrari to become team boss of the then unsuccessful traditional team. From the 1993 French Grand Prix, Jean Todt was at the helm. His first official act was to forbid team members from consuming red wine during race weekends .

After Michael Schumacher was twice Formula 1 world champion for Benetton in 1994 and 1995, Todt brought him to the Scuderia, at the end of 1996 Ross Brawn , two years later the Benetton aerodynamicist Rory Byrne joined them. The 1996 Formula 1 season , the first year together, was relatively unsuccessful. Michael Schumacher could only achieve three victories in Barcelona, ​​Spa-Francorchamps and Monza, the world championship was decided between the Williams drivers Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve . It wasn't until 1997 that Michael Schumacher was able to fight for the world championship again. In the last race there was an accident with Villeneuve, whereupon Schumacher was disqualified from the world championship and Villeneuve won the title. Also in 1998, when it initially looked like McLaren-Mercedes would dominate , Ferrari was able to fight for the world championship after catching up in the middle of the season, but Scuderia lost both titles again in Suzuka, Japan .

In 1999 things looked different: Although Michael Schumacher suffered a broken leg at the British Grand Prix in Silverstone and was canceled for several races, Ferrari was able to win the constructors' cup with Eddie Irvine (who almost became world champion) and the Finn Mika Salo .

After Michael Schumacher recovered and the Brazilian Rubens Barrichello joined the team, the tide turned: From 2000 to 2004 Ferrari won a total of ten world championship titles: five drivers 'titles for Michael Schumacher and another five constructors' titles. While the years 2001, 2002 and 2004 were dominated by the reds, the World Championships in 2000 and 2003 were a bit closer. Jean Todt led the traditional Italian team through the most successful phase in its history.

In 2005 Ferrari was only able to place behind Renault and McLaren-Mercedes . With the exception of a victory at the controversial US Grand Prix in Indianapolis , Ferrari only achieved a few second places.

In 2007 he again won the drivers 'championship and the constructors' championship for Ferrari with Kimi Raikkonen . In 2008 Todt gave up his position as team manager at Scuderia to Stefano Domenicali .

According to Formula 1

He has been President of the FIA ​​since October 2009, replacing Max Mosley . He prevailed in his candidacy with a clear majority against Ari Vatanen and received 135 votes, Vatanen only 49 (with twelve abstentions). In 2013 and 2017 he was re-elected without a candidate.

Since April 29, 2015, he has also been the UN special envoy for road safety.


Jean Todt (left), Michelle Yeoh (center) and the mayor of Pierrefort (right) in front of house number 15 on Jean Todt-Straße

Jean Todt is in a relationship with Malay-Chinese actress Michelle Yeoh .

His son Nicolas Todt from his first marriage is also active in motorsport. Among other things, he is the manager of Charles Leclerc , who drives for the Ferrari team.

In 2008, Jean Todt starred in the film Asterix at the Olympic Games alongside Michael Schumacher.

Web links

Commons : Jean Todt  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. People: Jean Todt. In: Retrieved June 17, 2014 .
  2. a b Todt elected new FIA President. In: The Official Formula 1 Website. Formula One Administration Ltd., October 23, 2009, accessed June 17, 2014 .
  3. Election victory against Vatanen: dead new FIA president! In: October 23, 2009, accessed June 17, 2014 .
  4. Personal representatives, special representatives and special envoy of the UN Secretary-General. Retrieved December 18, 2016 .