Todt: 'Special' F1 season awaits

Wide-ranging interview with FIA president

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F1 2019 promises to be a "special" season and Ferrari look to be in "excellent" shape after winter testing, says FIA president Jean Todt.

With just over a week to go until the new campaign begins in Australia, live on Sky Sports F1, Todt has set the scene on the impending 21-race season following 12 winter driver changes and an intriguing fortnight of winter testing.

"We have seen in Barcelona over the last weeks some new things happening," said Todt in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports.

"New aerodynamic regulations, some new talents arriving, some joining winning teams, so I just think it's a very special moment.

"Very soon we will be celebrating 1,000th Formula 1 Grand Prix in Shanghai. The story is moving on."

Ferrari topped the winter timesheets and Todt said of his former team: "It seems that Ferrari have been doing an excellent job. [Their] driver line-up is quite interesting so let's wait until we see the first race in Melbourne."

In a wide-ranging interview with Sky Sports News' Craig Slater at the Geneva Motor Show, Todt also discussed:

- Why F1 needs to be "positive" about technology and "responsible" in what it implements

- Mattia Binotto's promotion to Ferrari team principal

- Charles Leclerc's team-mate battle against Sebastian Vettel

- Mick Schumacher's rise to the cusp of F1

- Why he believes F1's teams don't want new entrants

- 2021 and why he's "optimistic" Concorde Agreement talks "under control"

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