Stoddart Won't be Missed, Says Todt

Ferrari sporting director Jean Todt has said he will not miss Minardi boss Paul Stoddart when he bows out of the sport later this year - because he claims the Australian brought nothing to Formula One

Stoddart Won't be Missed, Says Todt

Although many within the paddock have expressed their sadness at the loss of Stoddart later this year, with Red Bull due to takeover Minardi in November, Todt has completely different feelings.

When asked after the Belgian Grand Prix whether he would miss Stoddart: Todt said: "No. I don't think he's given anything to Formula One.

"I had a few opportunities at the beginning when he took over Minardi to meet him, then he came a few times with the two-seater and allowed Michael to (drive). I would say I changed my feeling over the last period, so I will not miss him."

Todt's views on Stoddart have no doubt been fuelled by the fact that the Minardi chief has acted an unofficial shop steward for the non-Ferrari teams in their recent battles with the FIA.

The Frenchman's antipathy towards Stoddart is in complete contrast to his admiration towards Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz, however.

"His bravery is admirable," said Todt. "It's already brave to take over one team, but to take two is impressive."

Although no decision has yet been made on whether the Minardi name will disappear from the sport later this year when Red Bull take over, Todt has said he would have no emotions at the loss.

"I am not so keen on names and things like that, so for me it's not important, not relevant," he added. "So what I feel is good for the team, rather than the name, is that a strong investor is taking over and I'm sure he's going to give that good continuity. So it's good for Formula One.

"In that respect, if you take the pluses and the minuses, it's a big plus for the team and for Formula One."

With Ferrari supplying customer engines to Red Bull Racing next year there has been speculation that their takeover of Minardi could result in another deal for the Maranello power-units.

But Todt has ruled that possibility out completely.

"No, not even the V10," he said. "I don't think it's his intention anyway, so it's not something we've been considering."

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