In the Italian media a rumour that Ferrari might well see a new senior man arrive from an unexpected place… no less than former Ferrari boss and outgoing FIA president Jean Todt.
Italian blog topspeedblog.it drew the attention of TJ13 to this story, who in turn are reporting on the paper print story published today in Italy from Corriere newspaper. A direct translation of the blog is below, with a translation of the newspaper artice afterwards.
The Corsera bomb: Todt is returning to Ferrari
On 17 December, Jean Todt will leave the Fia, completing his second term as president. According to what the Corsera writes with Giorgio Terruzzi, always well informed, he could return to Ferrari as a consultant, perhaps as honorary president, a Niki Lauda-like role.
There has been talk of Todt’s return to Ferrari for a year. He has always denied it, but the role he is discussing with Elkann, which is less demanding than that of CEO or president, could really attract him. But beware, Todt is not content. He may want to become a shareholder in Ferrari.
And with his son Nicolás, the successful manager of Leclerc and other young drivers, he could create a dangerous axis. We shall see. But the bomb dropped by the Corsera will make noise in the Abu Dhabi paddock.
According to today‘s issue of Corriere Della Sera, journalist Giorgio Terruzzi writes that Jean Todt could return to Ferrari as a super-consultant [similar role as Niki Lauda had at Mercedes]. According to Corriere, there were already several talks between Todt & Elkann. https://t.co/NHHGvuGIOS pic.twitter.com/W0iuL4vTVM
— tami. (@Vetteleclerc) December 8, 2021
Jean Todt could return to Ferrari in 2022. His mandate as president of the FIA expires on Dec 17, he expressed an unexpected idea to Elkann: to return to Ferrari. The two have talked about it several times in recent months after a first contact at Le Mans this August.
The hypothesis is that Jean Todt plays the role of super-consultant able to increase the political-sporting weight, lightening the commitment of the president & supporting in this sense also Binotto, with whom he maintained an excellent relationship.
In short, the idea of returning to Ferrari is understandable and even plausible. We will see if it will be a mutual convenience, also because the name Todt is heavy [past of Ferrari / present FIA].