Jean Todt on life as FIA president

Jean Todt on life as FIA president

In the 18 months since becoming president of the FIA, Jean Todt has kept a low profile. But in this rare exclusive interview, his first with a major specialist title, Todt outlines his achievements so far, his vision for the FIA's World Championships and his belief that motorsport has a vital role to play in promoting sustainability and road safety.

Jean Todt's second-floor office at 8, Place de la Concorde, Paris enjoys a fabulous view across this storied city's most famous square. The Eiffel Tower peaks in the near distance; the Tuileries Garden stretches away to the left. Between the two, a constant swirl of bubbling capital-city existence, as a million Peugeots, Citroens, Renaults and Vespas vie for road space, creating a ceaseless soundscape that is the voice of Parisian joie de vivre.

The FIA President rarely has a moment to enjoy the scene, however. He's more taken with the vast, wall-consuming image hung directly and deliberately opposite his desk: a map of the world, marked with every FIA member club and colour coded to indicate those already visited, those to be visited this year and those on the list for 2012.

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