After final 12 months’s criticism, how will the system of Formula 1 race administrators proceed within the new season? FIA president Mohammed bin Sulayem made a prediction about this on the Monte Carlo rally.
“You see, I’ve inherited quite a bit,” bin Sulayem mentioned, referring to the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix controversy.
“I am unable to say it was a superb legacy,” recollects the FIA president, “however I’m very completely happy that the path of improvement goes nicely with race officers and managers.” There will probably be a coaching camp in February. At the FIA headquarters, then you will note modifications and evolution.”
Wittich will keep – however not alone
After the finale of the 2021 season and the separation from Michael Masi, the world group has determined that two completely different individuals will take the reins of the Formula 1 race. The position was shared by Niels Wittich and Edoardo Freitas.
From Austin, he was assigned solely to Wittich. This was the FIA’s response to the crane incident on the Japanese Grand Prix, for which Freitas was accountable as race director. Wittich additionally didn’t escape criticism. However, the German is anticipated to fill the place in 2023.
However, with the FIA eager to make sure there’s a clear succession plan in place for the long run, the governing physique remains to be reluctant at hand over all accountability for overseeing the race to at least one individual. Therefore, a extra intensive coaching and improvement program is deliberate.
FIA launches help program
It is meant to advertise future race administrators and managers, even when Wittich continues to serve. The program will formally start subsequent month when the worldwide group holds a coaching session in Geneva, which Ben Sulayem mentioned.
Eight stewards and 16 race administrators have registered from world wide. In addition to the two-day occasion on February 18 and 19, members will achieve hands-on expertise by attending FIA occasions to accompany and observe senior officers.
The FIA has additionally modified the format of the Race Director’s Seminar and the International Stewards Program, which is able to now not be held yearly. Starting in 2023, there will probably be a collection of webinars to enhance the dialogue.
Rally co-drivers are good
Meanwhile, on the Monte Carlo Rally, Bin Sulayem reiterated his perception that one of the best expertise for future race administrators needs to be discovered amongst rally drivers: “They are very structured individuals. Very analytical. You can say. rally drivers are extra structured than rally drivers.”
The FIA has not but confirmed Wittich’s custodians in Formula 1 races. They might be senior stewards reminiscent of Formula 3 race director Claro Zygahn, Formula 2 race director Rui Marquez and Sylvia Bellot.