Emanuele Pirro has been appointed as the new president of the FIA Single-Seater Commission, succeeding Gian Carlo Minardi. This transition marks a pivotal moment in the governance of single-seater racing under the auspices of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).

By the Asian Motorsport Team

Pirro, a distinguished figure in the racing world with an illustrious career spanning multiple disciplines, brings a wealth of experience to his new role. Notably, Pirro is no stranger to the motorsport scene in Asia, having previously showcased his prowess at the Macau Grand Prix in the touring car category, where he clinched victory on two occasions and graced the podium four times.

The 62-year-old Italian, renowned for his five triumphs at the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours and his tenure as a Formula 1 driver, steps into the presidency just 58 days after concluding his responsibilities as the driver development director at McLaren. Despite his relatively short stint at McLaren, Pirro’s breadth of knowledge and expertise positions him as a formidable leader for the Single-Seater Commission.

The transition in leadership comes as Gian Carlo Minardi steps down from the presidency, in adherence to age restrictions that dictate a maximum age of 75 for the incumbent. At 76, Minardi gracefully relinquishes his duties, paving the way for Pirro to helm the commission and guide its strategic direction.

In his inaugural address as commission president, Pirro underscored the importance of fostering emerging talents within the single-seater racing ecosystem. He highlighted the Formula 4 element of this year’s Motorsport Games, scheduled to take place at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit from October 23 to 27, as a platform to nurture and showcase young racers.

Pirro’s extensive involvement in motorsport administration, including roles as a member of the FIA Drivers Commission and steward duties in Formula 1 races, positions him as a seasoned leader capable of navigating the complexities of governing single-seater racing.

These include the introduction of a new Formula 3 car in the upcoming year, aimed at enhancing competition and technological advancements. Moreover, the adoption of more sustainable fuels underscores the sport’s commitment to environmental responsibility.

Of particular significance to the Asia-Pacific region is the debut of the second-generation Formula Regional chassis in 2026. This development will have far-reaching effects, impacting not only the Asian, Middle Eastern, Japanese, Oceania Formula Regional championships but also events such as the Macau Grand Prix. The recent announcement that the Macau Grand Prix will utilize the Formula Regional car underscores the importance of this transition for the region, signaling a shift towards modernization and alignment with global standards in single-seater racing.

As Pirro assumes the presidency, he is poised to play a central role in steering these changes and shaping the future of single-seater racing under the FIA banner. With his wealth of experience, leadership acumen, and commitment to advancing the sport, Pirro is well-equipped to lead the commission into a new era of excellence and innovation.

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