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Michael Schumacher

Schumacher's family send touching tribute to Todt

Michael Schumacher's family have paid tribute to former FIA President Jean Todt as he has left office.

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Michael Schumacher's family have released a short tribute to Jean Todt on social media, following the departure of the Frenchman from the office of the presidency of the FIA.

Last week, Todt's tenure came to an end after 12 years and three successive terms - the maximum amount of time a person can hold the position.

Todt was replaced in the role by Mohammed Ben Sulayem.

Schumacher's family paid tribute to Todt, with Todt and Schumacher working together at Ferrari between 1996 and 2006, before Michael's first retirement as a racing driver. It was during this decade-long working partnership, that yielded five consecutive Drivers' and Constructors' Championships, that Todt and Schumacher became firm friends.

"Celebrating a man who has always had a vision and a great heart," read the short statement from the Schumacher family on social media.

"Jean, you made your mark in the world of motorsport and you are an inspiration for many around the world and for our family in your fight for road safety.

"We are proud to have you at our side, and we are proud to remain at your side in your life's next chapter. Here's to more time together. Love from the entire Schumacher family."

In response, Todt - who also spoke about Schumacher during the FIA Prize-Giving Gala in Paris on Thursday - shared the tweet and simply said: "I love you forever."

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