Apr.22 (GMM) Jean Todt no longer has a day-to-day role in formula one or with the Ferrari team, but he is not planning to be a stranger to the F1 paddocks this season.
The 62-year-old Frenchman, who led the Maranello based team throughout the 1993-2007 period, handed the role to Stefano Domenicali for this year, and recently resigned as the famous marque's overall CEO.Todt, however, attended the consecutive Malaysian and Bahrain grands prix, although he confirmed that he is not planning to show up in Barcelona this weekend."I will return for Monaco, not before," he said at the Sport Awards gala in San Marino.But amid rumours that the now plain-clothed Todt is positioning to take over from embattled FIA president Max Mosley, Ferrari boss Domenicali confirms that Todt still lends him and Ferrari a helping hand."He's still with us. Of course this is a strength, it's not a negative point," the Italian said recently."He will always be (at races), even if he's not physically, for sure he will still be on the case," Domenicali added.Todt is still a Ferrari board member and, given his record and experience, is no doubt still consulted by top management about key decisions."Maybe he is not coming to all the races, maybe he is not working from 7am to 9pm like he was doing before, but he is still around for the most important decisions," team racer Felipe Massa, who is managed by Todt's son Nicolas, said.