I have to say that I continue to be impressed with Jean Todt's firm hand and confident approach in his role as the new FIA president.

Those cynics who thought he would continue Max Mosley's style in this influential post have been proved very wrong.

But I shall be particularly interested to see how he fares in his quest to push through greener engine rules ahead of a major change in the technical regulations for 2013.

Current thinking for 2013 is along the lines of 1.5-litre turbocharged engines that will feature KERS. We had 1.5-litre turbos back in the 1980s when such 1.5-litre units, running sky-high turbo boost pressure, could easily develop more than 1000bhp in qualifying trim.

But now, of course, the emphasis will be on fuel efficiency and showcasing advanced energy-saving technologies as an advertisement for a responsible industry in tune with the prevailing times.

Gilles Simon, the FIA's director of powertrain and electronics, said recently : "We have to try and push forward with fuel efficiency. If, as an engine engineer, I am given a maximum fuel load, I will try to give the driver the maximum horsepower possible, building the most efficient engine I can.

"It is a technical competition and as efficiency is obviously good for road cars, that could be good for them as well. So we want to try to adapt the rules we have in the run-up to the new engine formula."

Simon, who was speaking in the in-house FIA In Motion magazine, thinks it is vital that any move to change F1's regulations fits in with where the road car industry is heading.

"Ideally, we would like to understand where road cars will be in five to 10 years. We would then create regulations for three years from now to anticipate this. This is the most difficult route because we don't want to impose our own views. We need to have a proper view of where the manufacturers will be."

And he is totally correct, of course, although there is a poignant irony to all this.  Back in 1989, when F1 was turning its back on turbos in favour of a new generation of high-revving naturally aspirated V10s, Honda's then-president Nobuhiko Kawamoto warned team bosses that costs would spiral dangerously out of control.

"Just remember, gentlemen," he said, "that boost is a lot cheaper than revs."  And how right he was.