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FIA reveals plans for future generation of F1 race directors

Nasser Al-Attiyah of the Toyota Gazoo Racing with FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem during the Rest Day of the Dakar 2023 in Riyadh, on January 9th, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia // DPPI / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202301090414 // Usage for editorial use only //

Niels Wittich will still be the Formula 1 race director in 2023, but the FIA will also start a program to shape the next generation of officials.

In 2022, the FIA decided to have two race directors instead of just one in order to avoid controversial situations like the one that happened in Abu Dhabi the previous year.

The two people designated to the role were Wittich and Edoardo Freitas, with the former continuing in 2023, too.

Moreover, the FIA wants to work long-term, with the aim of avoiding assigning the role of the Formula 1 race director to someone inexperienced. Therefore, it will create a program to teach and form future stewards and race directors.

The new project should be presented on February 18th-19th in Geneva, with already eight stewards and 16 race directors ready to take on the program. They will be attending FIA events in order to observe and learn from already experienced officials.

FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem spent some words regarding how things were going and admitted being happy with the latest developments made.

“You see, I inherited a lot,” he explained. “I won’t say it was a good inheritance, but I am very happy that the pathway for race directors and for stewards is going well. There will be in February training in the FIA headquarters, and you will see changes and evolution thereafter.”

“Who is in charge of the pathway?” he said. “An ex-rally co-driver, Mr [Ronan] Morgan. So you see, they are very structured people. Very analytical. You can say rally co-drivers are more structured than the rally drivers.”

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