FIA unveils restructuring of F1 senior leadership
FIA has announced a reorganization of its top management for Formula 1. The restructuring includes the appointments of key figures in various positions, aimed at improving operations and regulation of the sport. These changes were made following a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council.
The FIA has strengthened its team by making several appointments to key positions with a specific focus on Formula 1.
These appointments were decided during a World Motor Sport Council meeting, with Nikolas Tombazis being named as the Single Seater Director.
After working with Ferrari, Tombazis joined the governing body in 2018 and has held a senior technical role there since. He played a crucial role in the development of the current technical regulations.
Tombazis will be assisted by Steve Nielsen, who has been appointed as the Sporting Director and will report to Tombazis.
The Sporting Director will be in charge of handling all sporting matters and overseeing the development of Race Control and the Remote Operations Centre.
Steve Nielsen will move from Formula 1, where he played an important role alongside Ross Brawn.
“I am grateful for Steve Nielsen’s hard work and dedication during his five years at Formula 1,” said Stefano Domenicali, F1 CEO.
“Steve is a highly respected professional in our industry and we fully support his move to the FIA. His skills and experience in Formula 1 will aid the FIA in its ongoing efforts to enhance operations during race weekends,” said Stefano Domenicali, F1 CEO.
In the meantime, Tim Goss will take over Tombazis’ former role as Technical Director, having been the deputy of that position since the beginning of 2021 season.
The last appointments are Federico Lodi as Financial Director, and Francois Sicard, who will fill the newly created role as Formula 1 Strategy and Operations Director.
In that role, Sicard will focus on long-term strategic planning, as well as trackside activities and logistics.
“We have invested a significant amount of time and effort in making informed changes to our Formula 1 team in order to establish the ideal structure with the right individuals to manage the future regulation of the sport,” said FIA President, Mohammed Ben Sulayem.
“By fostering and empowering our internal team, as well as incorporating expertise and experience from outside, I am confident that we are in the optimal position to progress alongside our partners at FOM and the Formula 1 teams,” said FIA President, Mohammed Ben Sulayem.
Tombazis stated: “I am thrilled and honored to be given this new role within the FIA, and deeply appreciative of the trust the President has placed in me.”
“We have a team of incredibly skilled and committed individuals who work tirelessly to deliver the level of regulation that Formula 1 requires and deserves. I am confident that this new structure will allow us to take our resources to the next level and make continuous improvements,” said Tombazis.
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