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FIA details development plans for new race directors

The FIA has launched the FIA High Performance Programme for Officials with aiming of increasing its pool of race directors in FIA championships.

Following the controversial handling of the F1 2021 season finale, the FIA vowed to improve the standards of stewarding and have a greater number of stewards and race directors at its disposal. The FIA have taken the next steps to ensuring more race directors and officials will be available by launching the FIA High Performance Programme for Officials. Following a selection process, 24 trainees (eight Stewards and 16 Race Directors) will start the "rigorous competency-based selection process" in Geneva, under the mentorship of selected FIA experts. The inaugural event will take place from 17-19 February. They will then have the opportunity to shadow race directors and officials at official FIA motorsport events, and have access to webinars normally used in two-day seminars for existing stewards and directors. The FIA also pledged more regional support by claiming that a FIA Regional Stewards training programme will be delivered in 2023, and promised the development of a FIA Race Directors Regional Training Programme. “By investing in training, we invest in the future and ensure that the new generation of officials is developed according to a universal set of high standards and best practices," said Robert Reid, FIA Deputy President for Sport. "The role of the FIA as the governing body of world motor sport is to make our knowledge and expertise available to our Member Clubs and the FIA High Performance Programme embodies this approach perfectly, through the development of officials at regional level and creating a career path that can lead them to the very top of motor sport regardless of their country of origin and professional background.”

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