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Binotto says reports linking Todt to Ferrari are only “speculation”


Earlier this week, the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported that Todt could return to the Maranello squad as a “super consultant”, a position similar to the role the late Niki Lauda has had at Mercedes in recent years.

The report says Todt, who has been FIA president since 2009, had previously had discussions with Ferrari president John Elkann over a possible comeback.

However, Binotto insisted the rumors were just that and denied that there had been any discussions with Todt.

Binotto has admitted, however, that he would be honored to work with Todt again in the future.

“I have heard and read speculation in this regard, but I can say that so far it is only speculation,” Binotto said at Friday’s press conference in Abu Dhabi.

“Personally, I worked with Jean Todt, he was my boss, I think I learned a lot from him.

“It has been an honor to work with him and whatever the future, it would always be an honor for me to work with him because I always believe that as a team there is still a lot to learn.”

When asked if Ferrari had discussed with Todt a possible role for the team in the future, Binotto simply replied: “No”.

Mattia Binotto, Team Manager, Ferrari

Photo By: Simon Galloway / Motorsport images

Todt, 75, is in his last term as FIA president, with an election to choose a successor to take place next week.

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The Frenchman joined Ferrari as the team’s general manager in 1993 and under his leadership the Italian team won 14 Formula 1 world championships in what has been one of the most successful eras of the Scuderia in sport.

He was the boss of the Ferrari team when Michael Schumacher won five of his seven titles, helping the German to 72 of his 91 Grand Prix victories.

In 2004 he was also appointed CEO of Ferrari before becoming an advisor at the end of the 2006 season.

Todt remained on the Ferrari board until early 2009, before being elected FIA president later that year.