Todt would give Ferrari return offer 'due care and caution'

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Former Ferrari team boss Jean Todt says he would consider returning to Maranello in an advisory role with "due care and caution".

The Frenchman recently stepped down as FIA president after completing his permitted three terms, with Emirati Mohamed Ben Sulayem elected as his successor, becoming the first non-European to hold the position.

Before he had passed on the baton, however, Italian publication Corriere della Sport reported Ferrari was already making moves to re-sign Todt in a similar role to that held by Niki Lauda at Mercedes, where he was non-executive chairman.

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In response, current team boss Mattia Binotto said the report was "only speculation" but did add he would be "honoured" to once again work with Todt.

While Jean also denied the report but not the suggestion of a return.

"Rumors must be ignored," he said via Paris Match. "But if an opportunity presents itself, I will consider it with due care and caution.

"At 75 years old, one cannot be impulsive. The solution is that I would be able to bring something to this project and that it could bring something to me.

"It also would not have to take up more than a third of my time, as I'm committed to the Paris Brain Institute that I founded along with Pr. Saillant, and to the SUU Foundation created in honour of Aung Suu Kyi, who is supported by my wife Michelle."

Todt is best known for creating the Ferrari dream team of himself, Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne and Michael Schumacher that won five straight Drivers' titles between 2000-04 and six Constructors' crowns between 1999-2004.

Asked about his time at the Scuderia, Jean's pick for greatest moment was one most can relate to...

"I have many," he said. "The most emotional memory is Michael Schumacher's title in 2000, at Suzuka.

"It was the reason why we hired him at Ferrari, which had waited 21 years for the title."