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FIA issue clampdown over movement of personnel

A new regulation sees ex-FIA presidents barred from joining F1 teams within six months of leaving the governing body.

A revision to FIA regulations will prevent senior figures from motorsport's governing body from being hired by F1 teams within six months of leaving the FIA. The new article 9.17 of the International Sporting Code includes restrictions that apply to FIA presidents and deputy presidents of sport who leave their posts. "A competitor entered in a FIA championship may not engage or use the services of a former president of the FIA or a former FIA deputy president for sport (whether as an employee, independent contractor, consultant, or otherwise) until six months have elapsed since the date that they ceased to hold the post of president or deputy president for sport (as applicable), and in any event the aforementioned competitor may not, without time limit, obtain, benefit from or use confidential information obtained by a former president of the FIA or a former president-delegate for sport of the FIA during their mandate," reads the amendment. Jean Todt is the only living former FIA president, having stood down at the end of 2021 after 12 years in the role. Prior to his stint as FIA president, Todt served as Team Principal and later CEO at Ferrari, with the team winning 14 Drivers' and Constructors' championships under his leadership. The FIA's updated International Sporting Code, which takes effect from January 1st, 2023, also includes a ban on the unauthorised display of "political, religious and personal statements" by F1 drivers .