Todt junior plays his hand in F1 driver market

Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:01am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

GREATER NOIDA, India (Reuters) - Nicolas Todt is a busy man as Formula One's driver market shifts up a gear.

The Frenchman, son of International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Jean Todt, is manager to Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado as well as Brazilian Felipe Massa and France's Jules Bianchi.

Bianchi has been confirmed at tail-enders Marussia but, with Massa out of Ferrari at the end of the year and uncertainty over Maldonado's future at Williams, Todt has work to do as the season enters the final straight.

Lotus have said Massa is on their list to replace Kimi Raikkonen, who has taken the Brazilian's Ferrari seat, although Germany's Nico Hulkenberg looks the frontrunner once the team get their finances sorted out.

Massa told reporters at the Indian Grand Prix that he was also talking to Williams, which would come as no surprise given that Todt speaks to the team regularly enough anyway on Maldonado's behalf.

"I am talking with a few teams, including Williams, but I have nothing to say at the moment," the Brazilian told reporters.

"I'm pretty much confident that I am going to find an interesting direction. Until you are sure, it is always a little risk, but I am positive that I can find this and I am working for that.

"I will not go to a small team, I will go to the team that has some possibilities to do a good car and I hope I can find this solution."   Continued...