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FIA to use football and rugby examples to aid F1 race direction

The FIA has completed the first important steps towards 'streamlining' Formula 1 race direction, including assessments of VAR-style refereeing.

The FIA has revealed that it has taken learnings from football and rugby to help with Formula 1 race direction. This comes as part of the first phase of the governing body's new Race Direction Development Programme (RDDP), which aims to 'streamline the Race Direction operation at F1 races'. After the Italian Grand Prix, the RDDP debriefed with officials using race footage and data to identify key areas for improvement in F1 race operations. The FIA has stated that it has "taken learnings" of refereeing procedures used by other international sports governing bodies in football and rugby, including the use of the Video Assisted Referee (VAR) system. Members of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) who provide the match officials to the Premier League, English Football League and FA Women’s Super League, will also be present at this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

FIA to train future Race Directors and officals

The RDDP is also laying the groundwork to develop future Race Directors and officials, with the objectives being to "quantify the performance of Race Direction and Stewarding" according to the FIA. FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, said: “The Race Direction Development Programme is designed to improve our Race Direction operations as part of our ongoing efforts to bring rigour and best practice to the governance of the sport. "It also builds on the implementation of the ROC to support our race operations. The programme will also help us identify emerging talent so we can grow our pool of Race Directors, Stewards and officials for the future.”

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