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.