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GP Week : Issue 41
>>F1 INSIGHT GP2 Media Service budget capping, the F1 dream is closer now than ever before. “A few years ago everybody was trying to connect me with a team purchase which was completely crap,”he laughs. “Obviously when you are in this business you always dream of Formula 1, but the gap between Formula 1 and GP2 is too big. But I have always said that if they are able to cut the costs drastically, because at the end of the day Formula 1 is a passion and a sport but it has also got to be profitable, because if you do a job you don’t want to lose money, then I would think about it. But if I go to Formula 1, my goal is not to survive, it is to do well in terms of results and in terms of economics. “The recent decisions, which are not yet finalised, go in the right direction, and I think that in the future it will be much more doable, to have your own team. So if things go like that and they take that direction, then I will consider that.” Todt has never stood still. From starting his management career with Massa in 2003, to setting up ART in 2005 and taking on the management of Sebastien Bourdais in 2007 and getting him back into F1, the Frenchman seems to be constantly looking for new challenges on which to deliver his Midas touch. His interest in driver management has seen him take on young French sensation Jules Bianchi. Nicolas discovered Jules in karting, and has guided him through Formula Renault and into Formula 3. He insists that, while he is proud of all that he has achieved to date, it is through his work with Bianchi that he stands to recover the most pride. “Getting Sebastien [Bourdais] back into F1 was a big satisfaction because nobody believed that he would be able to make it in Formula 1, not because he was no good but because he was too old. It’s about taking risks, because if you don’t pick up the phone, if you don’t try to move your ass, you will never achieve anything. So that was a nice feeling. “But at the end of the day you want to win. So if you do manage to win the satisfaction is fantastic. I would say that I helped Felipe, but I didn’t discover him. He didn’t reach Formula 1 thanks to me. I managed to take him back and to do quite a good job. But regarding Jules, I took him when he was in go karts, when he was very young, and the satisfaction is very different. The first time I met him he was a kid, and if he ever makes it to Formula 1 then that, for me, would be a great satisfaction because it will remind you of all the hard work you have done.” And who knows, perhaps that debut might yet come with Todt’s own F1 team. “Maybe,”he smiles. “Maybe…” 35