Formula One’s governing body bids farewell to Tim Goss, the FIA technical director.

Formula One’s governing body, the FIA, has announced the departure of its technical director, Tim Goss, marking the exit of another senior figure from the organization. This comes just a month after the resignation of the sporting director, Steve Nielsen, in December.

The loss of both Goss and Nielsen is a setback for the sport’s governance. Goss played a crucial role in formulating new regulations scheduled to be implemented in 2026, while Nielsen was brought in a year ago to revamp the sport’s race control operations following shortcomings observed during the controversial Abu Dhabi GP in 2021. Nielsen reportedly grew frustrated with the FIA’s reluctance to implement the changes he deemed necessary.

These departures raise concerns about the management of the FIA under President Mohammed ben Sulayem. Ben Sulayem has overseen several controversies involving the governing body, including a recent conflict of interest investigation into Toto Wolff, the principal of Mercedes, and his wife, Susie, who heads the sport’s all-female series, the F1 Academy. The investigation quickly concluded that neither party had a case to answer, as F1 management and the teams deemed the investigation unwarranted. The FIA has yet to provide an explanation for its investigation into the Wolffs.

A source within the paddock informed The Guardian that these departures signify a disturbing trend and indicative of issues within the FIA.

The FIA has announced that Tim Malyon will replace Nielsen. Malyon has been the safety director at the organization since 2021 and has previous experience in F1 with Sauber and Red Bull. A replacement for Goss has yet to be named.

Goss is the third senior member of the FIA to leave in recent months, following the departure of Deborah Mayer, the head of the FIA’s commission for women. Mayer decided not to renew her position and departed to focus on her other racing commitments, including her role as the founder of the all-female racing team, the Iron Dames.

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