The FIA World Motor Sport Council had another meeting this week in Geneva. The council heard that negotiations regarding the Concorde Agreement – while not finalised – were closed to conclusion, while it also agreed to keep the 2013 Formula 1 calendar at 19 races.
The Council also finalised the rules and regulations for a new single-seater category, dubbed the FIA Formula 4, which will aim to provide national motorsport authorities with a standardised technical and sporting framework for young drivers trying to progress from karting to Formula 3 and then F1.
The Council also made further progress in finalising the calendar and rules for the new all-electric Formula E Championship, which it hopes to kickstart in 2014 with a series of street circuit-only races around the world. The
idealised draft calendar includes cities such as London, Los Angeles, Rome, Miami, Beijing, Putrajaya, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro (among the most polluted cities in the world, it should be noted).
The series will feature two-driver, four-car teams who will compete over 45-minute races featuring two compulsory pit stops to allow the drivers to switch between cars, one of which must be electrically recharged during the race.
The WMSC also announced plans for a new Drivers’ Commission, which will feature three-member panels overseeing the rights and interests of the drivers who compete in four categories: single seater racing, rally and cross country rallying and ‘other’.
The Commission will be headed by three-time F1 World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi, while multiple World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb will serve as his deputy. Other panel members include the likes of Nigel Mansell, Karun Chandhok, Emanuele Pirro, Yvan Muller, Adrián Fernández, Nasser Al Attiyah, Marcus Grönholm, Daniel Elena, Kenneth Hansen, Danilo Rossi.
The panel also includes two female members: former F1 test driver María de Villota and endurance racer Keiko Ihara.