Jean Todt says he has no intention of trying to emulate Max Mosley in retaining the FIA presidency for many years.
The Frenchman, formerly the boss of the famous F1 team Ferrari, was elected to succeed Mosley by the sport's governing body last October.
"I will stay for only one office (term), it's crazy to think Mosley was there for 16 years," the 63-year-old is quoted as saying by Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"I have other things I want to do and life is too short," added Todt, whose term will end in late 2013.
Todt was famous for his high anxiety when in charge of Peugeot and Ferrari, even to the point of needing to wear bandages on his fingertips when sitting on the pitwall.
"The stress is not diminished (as FIA president), just different," he admitted.
"Compared to Peugeot and Ferrari, the only difference was that I was well paid to work there! Instead, I do this for my passion and to make a contribution to the sport that I love," said Todt.