Michael Schumacher Family Sends Heartwarming Message to Jean Todt Amidst His Retirement as FIA President

Published 12/22/2021, 3:23 AM EST
Michael Schumacher, Grand Prix of Italy, Monza, 13 September 1998. (Photo by Paul-Henri Cahier/Getty Images)


After 12 years of successful tenure, Jean Todt finally hung his boots as the FIA president with 14-time Middle East Rally champion, Ben Mohammed Sulayem, consequently taking over the Frenchman’s prestigious spot. Hence, hailing his work in F1, the Michael Schumacher family released a heartwarming statement on social media.

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Todt led the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile for over a decade, but, his success doesn’t just stop there. Instead, it runs deeper into the 90s where the 75-year-old played one of the biggest roles in pulling Ferrari right back into the championship fight.

Former Ferrari Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher of Germany is seen on the Ferrari pitwall before qualifying for the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

And at the wheel was the legend, Michael Schumacher. The German worked with Todt to produce what turned out to be one of the greatest stints in F1, as he earned a total of 5 world championship titles with Ferrari.

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Ferrari were staring at a rather painful start to the 20th century. But, Todt made sure that the anxiety remains part of the scenario and does not turn out the same in reality. Soon, Schumacher ended Ferrari’s 20-year drought by winning himself his first Ferrari world championship title. From there on, it was raining trophies for the team.

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The Michael Schumacher family sends Todt a message

Citing Todt’s commendable work in F1 over the past two decades, the Schumacher family decided to release an emotional statement on social media.

Celebrating a man who has always had a vision and a great heart. Jean, you made your mark in the world of motorsport and you are an inspiration for many around the world in your fight for road safety. We are proud to have you at our side. Love from the entire Schumacher family,” the statement read.

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Soon, Todt retweeted the post with a reply to the Schumacher family. “I love you for ever,” the Frenchman wrote.

Overall, Todt’s job has finally come to an end, and the focus now shifts onto Sulayem, the new FIA president, who is indeed one of the greatest motorsport figures in the Arab world. Hence, what kind of changes will the 60-year-old Emirati bring to the table in his new journey? Only time will tell.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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