As we head into 2020, we begin this edition of AUTO with a look back at another exceptional year of racing and rallying through our traditional Celebration of the Champions who lit up the past motor sport season.

In December, the winners of the FIA championships gathered in the magnificent setting of the Louvre Museum in Paris, and in that temple of art we presented our finest competitors with some beautiful new trophies, created especially for the FIA by famous American artist, FRANK STELLA. His remarkable work adorns the cover of this issue and you can read his thoughts on the creative process behind these awards in our news section.

Last year represented a landmark for FORMULA 1, with the approval by the World Motor Sport Council of new rules for the championship’s 2021 season and beyond that will dramatically alter how our most prestigious category goes racing. Significant changes to the Technical and Sporting regulations and, for the first time, the inclusion of Financial rules, aim to increase competition among teams and provide closer racing, and should ensure the sustainability of the pinnacle of motor sport for years to come. You can explore these changes in detail in our feature and read about the ambitious plans to make F1 carbon neutral within the next decade.

2019 also saw the launch of a new multi-disciplinary FIA event that brings together some of the world’s finest up-and-coming and amateur talents to compete under national colours. The inaugural edition of the FIA MOTORSPORT GAMES, staged in its first host city, Rome, was a great success and AUTO looks back at how the event has benefited our Clubs, our young drivers and the next generation seeking to engage with motor sport in new and exciting ways.

Furthermore, we mark 10 years since the launch of the FIA WOMEN IN MOTORSPORT COMMISSION with a look back at the progress made with its President MICHÈLE MOUTON. Elsewhere, we feature the new head of DAIMLER, OLA KÄLLENIUS, while our regular look at rising stars focuses on reigning Formula 2 and Formula 3 champions, NYCK DE VRIES and ROBERT SHWARTZMAN. Meanwhile, our Rearview section turns to Italy, firstly with NINO VACCA, who built his reputation in the Targa Florio and burnished it further at Le Mans when teamed with Frenchman JEAN GUICHET, and secondly, with a look at the FERRARI DINO, one of the most beautiful, and important, cars to come out of Maranello.

There is plenty more to dive into in this latest edition, I hope you find it interesting and, as usual, please feel free to send in ideas and suggestions to make it even better.

Jean Todt, FIA President


Source : Fia