FIA President Jean Todt is set to enter a second term at the end of this year.
Todt, who was an instrumental part of the Ferrari ‘Dream Team’ in the early 2000s, took up the presidency at the end of 2009 after Max Mosley vacated the role, winning the election against Ari Vatanen.
His current term finishes at the end of this year, but Todt is able to extend his tenure by another four years into a second term, and it appears he will exercise this option due to his great backing following an interview with AFP.
“There is still some way to go, but if you have a team pushing you to continue, it is obvious that it makes you want to continue.
“When the people in North, South and Central America say with one voice that you must be present, it is clear that making the decision to continue will be easier. It will weigh heavily in my thinking.”
Todt’s tenure has been seen by many as being successful following a somewhat turbulent era with Mosley at the helm, with the controversy surrounding the latter’s private life overshadowing much of the FIA’s sporting activity.
Under FIA guidelines, Presidents are not permitted to serve more than two terms, meaning that if Todt did enter a second term, he would be forced to stand down in 2017.
On Monday, the Formula 1 schedule finally allowed teams to be in Europe before heading to Abu Dhabi for this weekend’s season finale.
And as such, that provided a window for now four-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton to return to the Mercedes AMG Petronas factories in Brackley and Brixworth to be celebrated for taking the driver’s title, as Hamilton an Valtteri Bottas delivered Mercedes its fourth straight constructor’s title.
Hamilton was at Brixworth, the home of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and its highly successful Mercedes-Benz Power Units first before heading to Brackley, where he was welcomed with a “guard of honor” as the entire team came out to greet him.
The champion was overwhelmed at the response and the welcome.
“This a very emotional day. I was not expecting this, thanks everyone for the warm welcome,” he said. “Today is something that I will never forget, turning up at the front gate of the factory and seeing everyone out on the street to welcome me – I’m blown away.
“This has been an incredible year, it’s been an incredible journey together. There’s a huge amount of respect and appreciation I have for everyone. I’ve been in the sport for a long time now, but to see the work ethic in Brixworth and Brackley really inspires me. Every time I come around, I see everyone operating at 100%, which encourages me to bring my best performance.
“Thank you all for helping me achieve my dreams, it would not have been possible without you. This is the best championship year, because we’ve been fighting another team and because we’ve had the difficulties and challenges we’ve had – that just makes it so much greater.”
A social roundup of images and videos are below, all via Hamilton and the Mercedes team on social media.