The FIA has confirmed it is on course to comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) drug-testing policies in order to achieve certification from the worldwide sporting group.

Formula 1 is currently one of the few major sports not to be registered with WADA.

The FIA’s Deputy President for Sport confirmed that the F1 governing body is in talks with WADA, and that the sport will agree to comply with out-of-competition testing as part of WADA’s standards.

Although currently not aligned with WADA, the FIA has infrequently practiced random drugs-testing of its drivers and team staff in the past, and Stoker confirmed that this transition to meeting WADA’s standards would be “relatively painless”.

F1 has largely had little connection with any drugs scandal, in spite of much speculation that many driver in the 1970s (in particular) were casual users of illicit substances.

More recently, former 2001 F1 driver Tomas Enge was stripped of his 2002 Formula 3000 crown after testing positive to marijuana.

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