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FIA appoint new technical director

Motorsport's world governing body has replaced Tim Goss following his recent departure to RB

Former Alfa Romeo technical director Jan Monchaux has joined the FIA as its new single-seater technical director.

Monchaux's decision to join the FIA comes at a time of recent upheaval for motorsport's world governing body as it has lost a number of senior figures over the past few months.

Monchaux will replace Tim Goss, who left the FIA to take up a position as chief technical officer at RB, although is unable to officially step into that role until October.

The 45-year-old Franco-German will report directly into the FIA's single-seater head Nikolas Tombazis, and he will now be responsible for shaping the crucial 2026 regulations when new power units are introduced.

On his appointment, Monchaux said: “I am very happy to be joining the FIA as technical director and look forward to the fresh challenges this role entails. I have worked on the competitors’ side for many years, but now the opportunity to help shape the future of the sport with the governing body is a prospect I relish.”

Welcoming Monchaux to the FIA, Tombazis said: “I am excited to welcome Jan to the FIA to fulfil an important role in the technical department, and in framing the future regulations of the sport. Jan’s arrival will strengthen our extensive technical expertise.”

Monchaux has enjoyed an extensive career in F1 and motorsport, starting out with Toyota in 2002, before switching to Ferrari in 2010, then onto Audi Sport in 2013 prior to a move to Sauber in 2018. Throughout those periods, he was heavily involved in aerodynamics development.

In mid-2019, Monchaux took over from Simone Resta as Alfa Romeo's technical director before being replaced in that position last year by James Key.

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