Todt refuses to rule out Ferrari return – “Will consider it with due caution”

Jean Todt refused to rule out a Ferrari return, saying that if the offer is right, he will consider it.

Todt stepped down as the FIA president after a successful 12-year spell. He handed over the reins to his successor Mohammed ben Sulayem.

With him currently being a free agent, there is heavy speculation regarding the next step in his career. A report from Italy’s Corriere della Sera stated that Todt had been approached by Ferrari and offered the role of team advisor, similar to the role the late Niki Lauda played at Mercedes.

While the Italian team denied the rumour, it continues to swirl given the former president’s ties with the team. Todt himself refused to completely rule out a Ferrari return, and said that he won’t be completely opposed to one.

In an interview with French weekly Paris Match, as quoted by, he said, “Rumors must be ignored.

“(But) if an opportunity presents itself, I will consider it with due care and caution.

Todt (pictured) is open to considering a Ferrari return. Source: XPB

“At 75, one cannot be impulsive. The solution is that I would be able to bring something to this project, and that it could bring something to me.

“It also would not have to take up more than a third of my time, as I’m committed to the Paris Brain Institute that I founded along with Pr. Saillant, and to the SUU Foundation created in honour of Aung Suu Kyi, who is supported by my wife Michelle.”

Pick of the bunch

When asked what his greatest achievement in motorsport was, Todt was quick to come up with the answer.

“I have many,” he said.

“The most emotional memory is Michael Schumacher’s title in 2000, at Suzuka. It was the reason why we hired him at Ferrari, which had waited 21 years for the title.”

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