Jean Todt's second-floor office at 8, Place de la Concorde, Paris enjoys a fabulous view across this storied city's most famous square. The Eiffel Tower peaks in the near distance; the Tuileries Garden stretches away to the left. Between the two, a constant swirl of bubbling capital-city existence, as a million Peugeots, Citroens, Renaults and Vespas vie for road space, creating a ceaseless soundscape that is the voice of Parisian joie de vivre.
The FIA President rarely has a moment to enjoy the scene, however. He's more taken with the vast, wall-consuming image hung directly and deliberately opposite his desk: a map of the world, marked with every FIA member club and colour coded to indicate those already visited, those to be visited this year and those on the list for 2012.
It's a world map, road map and life map for a man whose reputation has been built on getting things done, be that winning world championship rallies as co-driver to (among others) Ove Andersson, Hannu Mikkola and Guy Frequelin; or guiding Peugeot to world title success in rallying and sportscars; or pushing Ferrari to previously unimaginable levels of sustained excellence.