Minardi Formula 1 team founder Gian Carlo Minardi has been elected FIA single seater commission president by the World Motor Sport Council.
Minardi steps into the position occupied by FIA secretary general of sport, Peter Bayer, who assumed caretaker control of the FIA’s single-seater commission after former F1 race director Michael Masi was replaced in the role.
After founding the eponymous Minardi F1 team that entered the world championship in 1985, Minardi competed as team owner and team principal until 2001, where he sold the outfit to Australian businessman Paul Stoddart. Stoddart kept the Minardi name in the sport until he sold the team to Red Bull in 2005. The soft drink manufacturer rebranded it as Toro Rosso and the team currently competes in Formula 1 as AlphaTauri, still using its original base in the Italian city of Faenza.
Since 2020, Minardi has also served as president of the Imola circuit, which Formula 1 returned to in 2020 and where next weekend’s Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix will take place.
FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem said he “warmly welcomed” the election of Minardi as the organisation’s new president of the single-seater commission.
“He is a major figure in motorsport,” Ben Sulayem said. “I look forward to working with him to further develop the single-seater pyramid around the world.”
As single-seater commission president, Minardi will oversee all single-seater motorsport series sanctioned by the FIA – including Formula 1, Formula 2, the FIA Formula 3 championship and regional F3 series, all Formula 4 championships and more.
Masi was replaced in his role as single-seater commission president during an investigation by Bayer into the controversial conclusion to the 2022 Formula 1 world championship in Abu Dhabi. It was later confirmed Masi would not continue in the role of F1 race director either, and the role is now shared by Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas.
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