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FIA plans to enhance training for race directors



FIA plans to enhance training for race directors

The FIA, responsible for overseeing motorsports globally, is going to revamp its training program for race directors, starting in the 2023 season.

The position of race director has gained significant attention following the 2021 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Michael Masi was removed as the Formula 1 Race Director after the event, and Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas were appointed as joint Race Directors for the 2022 season.

This move was an implicit recognition that the responsibilities of the race director were too complex for an individual to handle alone, which was further reinforced by the ongoing efforts to establish systems to assist the role.

In order to ease the workload, new technology has been implemented to automate some of the manual processes, and a support center has been set up in Geneva to assist race control during events.

Recent rule changes have also restricted the number of individuals who are able to communicate with the Race Director during sessions.

Although these changes were intended to alleviate the burden on the role in Formula 1, the FIA is now taking steps to strengthen the pool of potential candidates for the role.


As a result, there will be a greater emphasis on training sessions throughout the racing season to cultivate stewards and race directors for future leadership roles.

“I took over a lot,” said Mohammed Ben Sulayem, who became FIA President the week following the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

“I can’t say it was a positive inheritance, but I am pleased that the development of race directors and stewards is progressing well,” said Mohammed Ben Sulayem

“We will have training at the FIA headquarters in February, and you will notice changes and improvements after that,”

In the upcoming month, the FIA will conduct a ‘high-performance program’ for officials in Geneva, which will be the first of its kind.

A total of sixteen race directors and eight stewards have enrolled for the two-day event taking place on February 18th and 19th.

There have also been adjustments to other programs, such as shifting from holding a single, yearly event to more frequent online gatherings.


In the meantime, Wittich will continue to serve as the only FIA Formula 1 Race Director for the 2023 season.

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