FACTBOX - FIA presidential candidate Jean Todt

Last Updated: Friday, October 23, 2009 - 09:32

Prais: Factbox on Jean Todt, Max Mosley`s favoured candidate to replace him as president of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), the governing body of motor sport, in a vote in Paris on Friday.

  • The son of a doctor who left wartime Poland for France, Todt was born in Pierrefort in the Cantal department of eastern France in 1946.
  • The Frenchman competed as a co-driver in the world rally championship and won the manufacturers` title with Talbot Lotus. He retired from competition in 1981.
  • In 1982, Todt founded Peugeot Talbot Sport and became director of racing activities. The team won two manufacturers` and two drivers` titles as well as four Paris-Dakar rallies during his time there.
  • He then became director of sporting activities at Peugeot-Citroen, with his team winning the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 1992 and 1993.
  • Todt moved to the Ferrari Formula One team, then a slumbering giant, in 1993 and persuaded Michael Schumacher and Ross Brawn to join him. Under him, the team won 13 world titles, including six constructors` championships in a row from 1999 to 2004, and 98 races.
  • After handing over to Stefano Domenicali as team boss, Todt severed his ties with Ferrari in March 2009. He has been involved in the FIA since 1975 in various roles.
  • His partner is Malaysian film actress Michelle Yeoh, whose movie credits include "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Tomorrow Never Dies".
  • Todt`s son Nicolas is manager to Ferrari`s Brazilian driver Felipe Massa. He is also co-owner and boss of the ART GP2 team.
  • Todt is backed by current FIA president Mosley.

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  • First Published: Friday, October 23, 2009 - 09:32
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