Todt reflected on his tough season at McLaren.
"First of all, he was in a bad car, that does not help,” Todt said to Speedweek.
"But at the bottom of the line, nothing helps: you have to do with the material you are offered."
“He also had one of the best drivers in the world next to him.
"Even if your car is bad, you have to beat your teammate, at least once in a while, and if you lose the qualifying match 21-0, you will almost certainly not survive in Formula 1.
"Then things went wrong, I am still convinced that he is an excellent driver and I hope he gets a second chance."