Lunch With Sumiko: Motorsports supremo Jean Todt on living life in the fast lane

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Left: Mr Todt with F1 driver Michael Schumacher on Oct 8, 2000, at the Japanese Grand Prix, where the latter won the Formula One drivers' championship. Right: Mr Todt with actress Michelle Yeoh at the Crazy Rich Asians premiere in Hollywood in August
Left: Mr Todt with F1 driver Michael Schumacher on Oct 8, 2000, at the Japanese Grand Prix, where the latter won the Formula One drivers' championship. Right: Mr Todt with actress Michelle Yeoh at the Crazy Rich Asians premiere in Hollywood in August last year. The pair met in 2004 and have been together since. PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESS
Left: Mr Todt with F1 driver Michael Schumacher on Oct 8, 2000, at the Japanese Grand Prix, where the latter won the Formula One drivers' championship. Right: Mr Todt with actress Michelle Yeoh at the Crazy Rich Asians premiere in Hollywood in August
Mr Jean Todt started as a rally co-driver when he was 20, moved on to race management and led a wondrous period at Ferrari where it won 14 Formula One world titles. Since 2009, he has headed the International Automobile Federation, the world's governing body of motorsports. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Just before wrapping up my interview with Jean Todt, I make the mistake of asking him what he was drinking earlier.

He had quaffed a yellow liquid served in a shot glass. It looked like a delicious mango smoothie.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 29, 2019, with the headline 'Living life in the fast lane'. Print Edition | Subscribe