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Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile

Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile
Abbreviation FIA
Formation 20 June 1904 (as the AIACR)
Type Sports federation
Legal status Voluntary association
Purpose Motorists' issues
Headquarters Place de la Concorde
  • Paris, France
Region served
222 member organisations worldwide
Official language
Jean Todt
Main organ
General Assembly
Affiliations FIA Institute
FIA Foundation
World Health Organization
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
World Tourism Organization
UN Environment Programme

The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA, English: 'International Automobile Federation') is an association established as the Association Internationale des Automobile Clubs Reconnus (AIACR, English: 'International Association of Recognized Automobile Clubs') on 20 June 1904 to represent the interests of motoring organisations and motor car users. To the general public, the FIA is mostly known as the governing body for many auto racing events.

Headquartered at 8

  • The FIA's official website
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  • Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile at Notable Names Database

External links

  1. ^ "FIA Homepage – FIA Member Clubs". Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  2. ^ FIA gains official recognition from International Olympic Committee – Autoblog, 16 January 2012
  3. ^ IOC upgrades FIA to full recognition status – Business Standard, 17 September 2013
  4. ^ a b c Diepraam, Mattijs (30 November 2007). "Poachers turned gamekeepers: how the FOCA became the new FIA Part 2: Onset – authority and rebellion". FORIX 8W. Haymarket Media. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Saward, Joe (1 September 1993). "Why has FISA been abolished?". Inside F1. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Feature: A History of Safety". 5 January 2006. Archived from the original on 18 November 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Saward, Joe (1 February 1996). "The future of Formula 1 safety". Inside F1. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "FIA makes HANS device mandatory". Haymarket Media. 9 December 2005. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  9. ^ Viner, Brian (19 July 2003). "Max Mosley: Mosley the grand machinator of Formula One". London: Independent Print. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f "Commission opens formal proceedings into Formula One and other international motor racing series". European Commission. 30 June 1999. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "The FIA and the European Commission". Inside F1. 8 September 2000. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "The European Commission Apologises to the FIA". AtlasF1. Haymarket Media. 27 July 1999. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c d "Commission closes its investigation into Formula One and other four-wheel motor sports". European Commission. 30 October 2001. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  14. ^ a b Jackson, Stewart (26 June 2001). "FIA to release commercial interests". Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "Richards gets rallying". Inside F1. 17 December 2000. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  16. ^ Henry, Alan (15 July 2000). "Grand prix paddock rocked by 100-year rights deal". Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "Mosley Re-Elected as FIA President for 4 Years". Haymarket Media. 5 October 2001. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  18. ^ Robertson, George (17 May 2007). "The reduction of road traffic deaths should be an international priority". Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  19. ^ "GPWC presents new series to F1 teams". Inside F1. 29 November 2001. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  20. ^ Garside, Kevin (20 June 2005). "Day of shame for F1". The Telegraph Media Group. Archived from the original on 3 November 2007. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  21. ^ "Michelin teams exonerated on Indy". BBC Sport. BBC. 22 July 2005. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  22. ^ "". Haymarket Media. 3 June 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  23. ^ English, Steven; Rencken, Dieter (4 June 2008). "South African bodies consider FIA future". Haymarket Media. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  24. ^ "Mosley stays on as FIA president". BBC Sport. BBC. 3 June 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  25. ^ Beer, Matt (1 August 2009). "New Concorde Agreement finally signed". Haymarket Media. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  26. ^ "Todt elected as Mosley successor". BBC Sport. BBC. 23 October 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  27. ^
  28. ^ Benson, Andrew (6 December 2013). "Jean Todt is re-elected as the president of the FIA". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  29. ^ "Election Guidelines" (PDF). FIA. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  30. ^ "FIA President – Jean Todt". Retrieved 28 Aug 2010. 
  31. ^ "FIA Institute launches Global Driver Academy". Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 8 February 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  32. ^ "Drivers Chosen for FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy". Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 8 February 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  33. ^ "WMSC charges Sunday Times with libel". Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  34. ^ "Brundle hits back at FIA". Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  35. ^ "Mosley stays on as FIA president". BBC News. 3 June 2008. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  • Autosport: 26 July 2007, pages 8–9. World Motor Sport Council.


See also

In 2008, accusations surfaced that FIA President Max Mosley was involved in scandalous sexual behaviour. Following a June 2008 decision of the FIA to retain Max Mosley as president, the German branch of the FIA, the ADAC (the largest European motoring body), announced, "We view with regret and incredulity the FIA general assembly's decision in Paris, confirming Max Mosley in office as FIA president". It froze all its activities with the FIA until Max Mosley leaves office.[35] Press reports also claimed that Bernie Ecclestone was investigating creating a rival to the Formula 1 series due to the scandal.

Martin Brundle wrote a column in the Sunday Times entitled "Witch-hunt threatens to spoil world title race" in which he accused the FIA of a witch-hunt against McLaren. The World Motor Sport Council responded by issuing a writ against the Sunday Times on charges of libel.[33] Brundle hit back saying that "I have earned the right to have an opinion" and suggesting the writ was a "warning sign to other journalists".[34] The 2007 Formula One espionage controversy involved accusations of theft made against McLaren, who were accused of stealing technological secrets from Ferrari.


In October 2010, the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy was announced; a new programme to develop young driver talent worldwide.[31] After a three-day shootout in Melk, Austria on 6–8 February, twelve drivers were selected.[32]

FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy


The FIA's judicial bodies include the International Tribunal, which exercises disciplinary powers that are not dealt with by the meeting stewards and the International Court of Appeal. The ICA is the final appeal tribunal for international motor sport, which resolves disputes brought before it by National Sporting Authorities worldwide, or by the President of the FIA. It can also settle non-sporting disputes brought by national motoring organizations affiliated to the FIA.

The FIA has two World Councils. The Mobility and Automobile Council governs all non-sporting activities, comprising transport policy, road safety, tourism and environmental concerns. The World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) governs all sporting events regulated by the FIA, and writes the regulations for every FIA championship. It also supervises Karting through the Commission Internationale de Karting (CIK). Beneath the WMSC are a number of specialised commissions, which are either focused on individual championships, or general areas such as safety.

The head of the FIA and chairman of the General Assembly is the President, an office currently held by electoral list consisting of their proposed Deputy Presidents, Vice-Presidents for Sport, and the President of the Senate, as well as demonstrate support from a number of member clubs.[29]

The FIA General Assembly is the Federation's supreme governing body, consisting of representatives from each of the FIA's member associations. Meetings of the General Assembly are usually held once a year, though extraordinary meetings can be convened for urgent matters. The General Assembly has responsibility for amending the FIA's statutes and regulations, approving the annual budget and reports, deciding upon the membership, and electing the officers and members to the Federation's governing bodies. The FIA Senate overseas the finances and management of the FIA, and can take decisions required between meetings of the relevant committee or World Council.

Headquarters of the FIA at the Place de la Concorde.

Organisational structure

Many of the Formula Student regulations also refer to FIA standards.[27]

In 1993, the National Hot Rod Association was officially recognised by the FIA World Motor Sport Council and the FIA Drag Racing Commission was formed. FISA was dissolved, and its activities placed directly under the FIA.

In 1987, the FIA sanctioned the first World Touring Car Championship. Initially a one-off series, the title was revived in 2005.

In 1973, the FIA organised the first World Rally Championship. The 42nd Auto Rally of Monte-Carlo became the first ever FIA World Rally Championship event.

There were no sports car world championships until 2010. The FIA WEC from 2012 onwards.

The World Sportscar Championship was created in 1953, and was the first points series for sports car racing in the world. The championship was solely for manufacturers up to 1981. From 1981, a Drivers Championship title was introduced and from 1985 the manufacturers title was replaced by a Teams Championship. After the 1992 season the World Sportscar Championship was cancelled and dissolved.

The true history of Formula One began in 1946 with the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile's (FIA's) standardisation of rules. Then in 1950, the FIA organised the first Drivers World Championship.

Event history

Former Scuderia Ferrari boss Jean Todt was elected the new President of the FIA in 2009, beating former World Rally champion Ari Vatanen.[26]

Todt Presidency

Having again been re-elected unopposed in 2005, Mosley faced his first leadership challenge in a vote of confidence called in June 2008. The vote was in response to allegations concerning Mosley's sex life published by the British media. Mosley won the vote by 103 votes in support to 55 against,[22] though he continued to face criticism from several motoring clubs and motorsport figures.[23][24] In mid-2009, the FIA and the newly formed Formula One Teams Association disagreed over the pending implementation of a budget cap for the 2010 season. The teams again threatened a breakaway championship, with the FIA in response opening an entry process for new teams. The dispute also focused on a lack of confidence in Mosley's control over the sport, and there was a stand-off until Ecclestone negotiated a settlement to establish a new Concorde Agreement. In return for the teams joining the championship and ending the dispute, the budget cap would be replaced by a series of cost cutting measures, and Mosley agreed to stand down at the end of his term in 2009.[25]

During the 2000s the FIA and its president became increasingly embroiled in controversy over Formula One, while facing threats from teams to establish a breakaway series. A grouping of the car manufacturers involved in F1, the Grand Prix Manufacturers Association, proposed a new world championship, which would allow them greater control over the regulations and revenue distribution.[19] A new Concorde Agreement eventually ended the threat, but the breakaway series would resurface during each dispute between the FIA, teams and the Formula One Group. The FIA's handling of the tyre situation at the 2005 United States Grand Prix was criticised.[20] Mosley had refused any modification to the circuit or the holding of a non-championship event in place of the Grand Prix, having stated that running on an untested circuit was unsafe. The FIA also threatened to punish the teams who withdrew from the event, but later exonerated the teams of any wrongdoing.[21]

The FIA Foundation was established in 2001 as the FIA's charitable arm. The Foundation received a US$300 million grant from the sale of Formula One's rights, to fund research into road safety, the environmental impact of motoring, and to support sustainable motoring. In 2004 the FIA and the Foundation established the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety, which brought together the various safety research groups into one organisation.[6] The Make Roads Safe campaign was set up in 2006 by the FIA Foundation, targeting the creation of safe roads across the world.[18]

Mosley was elected unopposed to his third term as President in 2001, the first election which reduced the term from five to four years.[17] The FIA also moved back to Paris, having been based in Geneva (outside of the EU) for the previous two years during the European Commission's investigation.

Later Mosley years

The investigation was closed in 2001 after the FIA and FOA agreed to a number of conditions.[13] In order to fairly regulate all international motorsport, the FIA agreed to limit its role to that of a sporting regulator, and would sell the commercial rights to its championships, including Formula One.[14] This was to prevent a conflict of interest between the FIA's regulatory role, and any commercial advantages it may gain from the success of certain championships.[13] The FIA could no longer prevent non-FIA administered events from being established, neither could it use its powers to prevent competition to Formula One.[13] Ecclestone and FOA would no longer handle the commercial rights to other motorsport events outside of Formula One.[14] Ecclestone had sold the ISC company, which now only controlled the rights to rallying,[15] and would stand down from his role as an FIA Vice-President.[13] As a result of this ruling, the FIA sold the commercial rights to Formula One to the Formula One Group for 100 years for $360 million.[16]

The conflict of interest. The combination of these requirements meant Ecclestone's Formula One Administration, which now controlled Formula One's commercial rights, was protected from competition from any rival championships.[10][11]

European Commission investigation

[9] The FIA was a founder member of the

Following the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, which saw the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger, the FIA formed an Expert Advisory Safety Committee to research and improve safety in motor racing.[6][7] Chaired by Formula One medical chief Professor Sid Watkins, the committee worked with the Motor Industry Research Association to strengthen the crash resistance of cars and the restraint systems and to improve the drivers personal safety.[7] The recommendations of the committee led to significantly more stringent crash tests for racing vehicles, new safety standards for helmets and race suits, and the eventual introduction of the HANS device as compulsory in all international racing series.[8] The committee also worked on improving circuit safety. This led to a number of changes at motor racing circuits around the world, and the improvement of crash barriers and trackside medical procedures.

[5] Under Balestre's leadership FISA and the manufacturer-backed teams became involved in a dispute with FOCA (named the "

[4] (FISA).Fédération Internationale du Sport Automobile as the head of the CSI, who promptly reformed the committee into the autonomous Jean-Marie Balestre This led to the FIA President Prince Metternich attempting to reassert its authority by appointing [4] The CSI determined the regulations for holding Grands Prix and selected the races that formed part of the World Championships – a

The Association Internationale des Automobile Clubs Reconnus (AIACR) was founded in Paris on 20 June 1904, as an association of national Grand Prix motor racing. The European Drivers' Championship was introduced in 1931, a title awarded to the driver with the best results in the selected Grands Prix. Upon the resumption of motor racing after the Second World War, the AIACR was renamed the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. The FIA established a number of new racing categories, among them Formulas One and Two, and created the first World Championship, the Formula One World Drivers' Championship, in 1950.



  • History 1
    • European Commission investigation 1.1
    • Later Mosley years 1.2
    • Todt Presidency 1.3
  • Event history 2
  • Organisational structure 3
  • Presidents 4
  • FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy 5
  • Criticism 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Its most prominent role is in the licensing and arbitration of Formula One and World Rally Championship motor racing. The FIA along with the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) also certify land speed record attempts. The International Olympic Committee provisionally recognized the federation in 2011, and granted full recognition in 2013.[2][3]

The FIA is generally known by its French name or initials, even in non-French-speaking countries, but is occasionally rendered as 'International Automobile Federation'.

. Jean Todt Its current president is [1]

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