FIA appoints Monchaux as new technical director

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The FIA has named Jan Monchaux as its new single-seater technical director, filling the void left by Tim Goss's recent departure and bolstering its leadership at a crucial time.

Monchaux, a renowned figure in F1 with extensive aerodynamics expertise, previously served as technical director at Alfa Romeo F1/Sauber.

The Franco-Germa, who will report directly to FIA single-seater director Nicolas Tombazis, brings 20 years of experience to the motorsport’s governing body, having developped his skills in F1 at top teams like Toyota and Ferrari before leading Sauber's technical charge.

“I am 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”, Tombazis said. “Jan’s arrival will strengthen our extensive technical expertise.”

“I am very happy to be joining the FIA as Technical Director and look forward to the fresh challenges this role entails,” added 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’s appointment comes amid a period of transition for the FIA's F1 leadership.

Goss's switch to Red Bull/VCARB and the departure of sporting director Steve Nielsen highlighted the need for reinforcements.

Tim Malyon, previously the safety director, has been entrusted with sporting matters, while Niels Wittich remains as F1 race director.

Monchaux's role is critical, as he will oversee the technical regulations for the sport's impending 2026 overhaul.

These rule changes, intended to promote closer competition and cost control, are currently under development and will significantly impact future F1 cars.

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