Gian Carlo Minardi has been named president of the FIA single-seater fee following a vote by members of the World Motor Sport Council.
As a part of his function, Minardi will oversee the fee that has not too long ago redeveloped the FIA’s junior racing portfolio. The event of younger drivers has been a specific focus level for Minardi all through his profession and he has been credited for kick-starting the careers of drivers equivalent to Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber.
On his appointment, FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem stated: “I warmly welcome the election of Gian Carlo Minardi as FIA Single-Seater Fee President.
“He’s a significant determine in motorsport. I stay up for working with him to additional develop the single-seater pyramid around the globe.”
The Italian has a historical past of managing in motorsport having established his personal crew in 1979. The Minardi crew first competed in System 2 earlier than an engine provide partnership with Ferrari in 1985 allowed them to make the step as much as F1.
The crew began 340 races and earned a complete of 38 factors however have been unable to ever safe a podium end. Nevertheless, they did end fourth on three events – on the 1991 San Marino Grand Prix, 1991 Portuguese Grand Prix and 1993 South African Grand Prix.
Minardi served as managing director all through the crew’s 16-year tenure in F1 and stayed in his function when the crew was purchased by Australian businessman Paul Stoddart in 2001.
The 74-year-old ultimately left the crew in 2006 when it was taken over by Pink Bull and rebranded as Toro Rosso. Even after the crew’s rebranding and later change to AlphaTauri, it nonetheless operates out of the unique Minardi base in Faenza, Italy.
In 2020, he was elected as President of the Imola observe, which is the following circuit on the 2022 calendar in staging the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
He’s additionally president of the Vehicle Membership d’Italia Land Velocity Data Fee and has been within the function since 2004.