Todt open to more than a term as FIA boss
2 June, 2010
Jun.2 (GMM) Jean Todt has played down rumours he is prepared to stay as FIA president for only a single four-year term.
The 64-year-old Frenchman was elected late last year to be long-term president Max Mosley’s successor, and his reign so far has been praised for its lack of controversy.
But reports earlier this year suggested Todt is already planning to depart the unpaid post in 2013.
“That’s not true,” he said in the latest edition of the German magazine Auto Motor und Sport. “Nevertheless, I am not thinking today about the second term of office. My priority is to use my time as effectively as possible to reach my goals.”
One of those aims is new engine regulations for F1 in 2013, and the return of energy-recovery KERS technology as soon as possible.
“I am not happy the teams voted unanimously against using KERS for the 2010 season,” said Todt. “I am personally committed to having this position reconsidered for 2011.”
He said it is not acceptable to wait until 2013 to implement a new KERS strategy to accompany the smaller and more efficient new engines of 2013.
“We cannot afford to go two and a half years while doing nothing,” said Todt, referring to the global automotive push for greener technologies.
“As head of the FIA there needs to be pressure in this direction; it’s the only way we can be credible.”