Jun.4 (GMM) Nicolas Todt has played down rumours that he could be the saviour of Gerhard Berger's embattled Toro Rosso team.
The Frenchman is the 30-year-old son of former Ferrari boss Jean Todt, and the current manager of formula one drivers Felipe Massa and Sebastien Bourdais.It is perennially suggested that Todt, also co-owner of the GP2 team ART, could be looking for a way into the exclusive circle of F1 chiefs.His close ties with Ferrari and its customer team Toro Rosso have sparked renewed speculation that Todt could step in when STR co-owner Dietrich Mateschitz pulls out in the near future."At the moment, I am taking one step at a time," he told Switzerland's Motorsport Aktuell."I started with driver management, we then established ART and now we are going into the Asian series. We have had successes but also defeats. I have learned a lot," he said.Todt admitted that formula one is a "logical goal" but insisted that the difference between the pinnacle of open wheel racing and GP2 is huge."I have had the luck to have been raised in this environment, but people often draw hasty conclusions."Formula one teams cost a lot; in addition to the actual purchase, it is about having the means to keep it going."As long as the regulations are uncertain, as they are now, it is not very interesting to have a private team without a big manufacturer."I will keep my eyes open," Todt explained, adding that the budget cap or the re-allowance of customer cars in the future could change the situation."I have some ideas in mind but at the moment it is not possible," he said.