FIA chairman Jean Todt, in an interview with Ouest-France, talked about how motorsport has adapted during the pandemic, how the next year looks, and other questions from this eventful Formula 1 season.
Todt is a former boss at Peugeot Sport and Scuderia Ferrari. He was involved with the Scuderia Ferrari from 1993 to 2009. During his time, Ferrari won eight constructors titles and six drivers titles, five of which were with Michael Schumacher.
Michael Schumacher was hospitalized after a serious skiing accident in 2013. Jean Todt is very close to Schumacher and was asked about him during the interview. He pointed out, “I am very discreet about this subject.”
He shared, “Michael Schumacher had a very serious accident on December 29, 2013, and that he unfortunately had significant consequences. Since then, he has been treated to be able to return to a more normal life,” he further added.
It is often debated upon the Formula 1 circles whether Hamilton would have so many championships without the car.
Is it the car or the driver?
Todt said, “a great driver, if he doesn’t have a great car, will not be able to achieve results.”
He pointed out that this fact was seen again at the Sakhir Grand Prix as George Russell drove that Silver Arrow beast to the limits. He stated, “You have a number of drivers who would be able to win Grand Prix if they drove the Mercedes.”
“It’s only a matter of time for him to sign his 100th pole position, his 100th Grand Prix victory. And, if things do not change for the competition, his 8th world championship,” he further added.
Michael Schumacher’s son, Mick Schumacher was crowned the Formula 2 champion and will debut with Haas in Formula 1 next season. So, it will be interesting to find out whether Mick Schumacher lives up to his father’s legacy during his Formula 1 career.