Todt on the look out for his successor

Jean Todt has begun the search for his successor as the sporting chief of Ferrari's Formula 1 team

Todt on the look out for his successor

Speaking on the eve of the French Grand Prix, which marks the eighth anniversary of his appointment as sporting director at Ferrari, the highly-rated Frenchman said he will step down from his current position at the end of the 2004 season.

But he dodged questions about whether he will continue with the team in more senior role or move elsewhere.

Todt joined Ferrari in July 1993 and in those eight years has led them to two constructors' titles and a drivers' championship.

"The good thing in Formula One is that everyone is thinking ahead," said Todt, speaking ahead of his home race. "And definitely in 2004, it is decided in my head somebody will take over my position.

"That is one of the reasons we are strong because we are not worried about someone taking over positions. And I hope I, together with the team, will be able to identify the best person for Ferrari to succeed after 2004."

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