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FIA appoints Jan Monchaux as new single-seater technical director

by Ida Wood

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The FIA, motorsport’s global governing body, has announced that Jan Monchaux will be its new technical director for single-seaters.

He will serve under the head of department, single-seater director Nikolas Tombazis, and takes over the role previously held by Tim Goss after he resigned from the position last month. It is one of several major personnel changes that has taken place at the FIA since the start of this year.

“I am very happy to be joining the FIA as technical director and look forward to the fresh challenges this role entails,” said Monchaux. “I have worked on the competitors’ side for many years, but now the opportunity to help shape the future of the sport with the governing body is a prospect I relish.”

Monchaux has had a lengthy career in motorsport. He worked in the aerodynamics department of Toyota’s Formula 1 team in the 2000s, then did the same at Ferrari from 2010 to ’12.

Following that he switched to Audi Sport, which at the time was competing in the World Endurance Championship’s top LMP1 class, and he was the company’s head of aerodynamics. Soon he added head of vehicle engineering to his job title too.

In 2018 he returned to F1 with Sauber (which was the operating company behind Alfa Romeo Racing at the time) as head of aerodynamics, and in July 2019 was promoted to being technical director. He left the role last summer.

“I’m excited to welcome Jan to the FIA to fulfil an important role in the technical department, and in framing the future regulations of the sport,” said Tombazis. “Jan’s arrival will strengthen our extensive technical expertise.”