100 Most Influential People in Formula 1 2017

4. Jean Todt | President, FIA

Position last year: 3
Age: 71
Bio: In charge of the rules of Formula 1
Google searches last 12 months: 0.7 million

The lead individual responsible for the rules of the sport which has a profound effect on the future of Formula 1. In October, 2009 Jean Todt was elected president of the Federation Internationale de L’Automobile following a decade and half’s rule by Max Mosley.

The Frenchman has enjoyed a famously successful motorsport career, with tenures at Peugeot and Ferrari, winning World Championships in the WRC, Sportscars, Le Mans and Formula 1. Educated in Paris, Todt began his career in motorsport when he navigated for a friend in his father’s Mini Cooper S. He oversaw World Rally Championship titles with Ari Vatanen in 1985 and 1986 with Peugeot Talbot Sport and later, still with Peugeot, won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1992 and 1993.

Todt stated in May 2017: “Today I am proud to announce to all FIA club presidents my decision to run for a third presidential term at the FIA. If I had a lot of resistance not to go for election, my decision would be much easier because I will then decide that I will go. But a lot of people who voted for me are pushing me to go for another
mandate”.

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