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FIA announce departure of head executive

The FIA have confirmed that Peter Bayer, the Secretary General for Sport and F1 Executive Director, is leaving his role.

It has been confirmed that Peter Bayer has left the FIA. Bayer – who was responsible in his position as Secretary General for Sport for the activities of the FIA's sport department, representing FIA sport clubs worldwide – is departing from the organisation after serving in the role since 2017. He had also held the position of F1 Executive Director since 2021.

FIA confirm Bayer's departure

A statement from the FIA reads: "The FIA warmly thanks him for the achievements he has contributed to the development of motorsport over the last five years. "In particular, he has supervised, with the entire Sport Division, the building of the single-seater pyramid from Karting to F1, the creation of the new World Rally-Raid Championship, as well as improving safety and sustainability in all disciplines. "The FIA wishes him all the best for the future." Shaila-Ann Rao will replace Bayer in the interim. Rao was recently recruited as Director in the Office of the President, and was formerly the legal director of the Mercedes F1 Team and special advisor to Toto Wolff. She also previously held the role of Legal Director at the FIA from mid-2016 to the end of 2018.

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