The 2020 FIA Annual General Meeting is held in Geneva and in digital format.
Pricey FIA Family,
One One year in the past, nobody may possibly well well ever like imagined what used to be about to happen. For the time being, we position up an appointment for December 2021 in Munich the set apart ADAC had invited us. And at present time I stand on this massive empty room with most engrossing a few contributors of my group and more than 400 delegates related online…
2020 has certainly been a no longer easy One year.
A One year of disruption in the life of billion folks all the blueprint in which by the planet.
The Covid-19 crisis has brought worry to some, monetary points to many, and it has changed the day-to-day lives of us all.
To those of you who like been right away affected, within your loved ones or your circle of buddies, I’d resolve to, as soon as more, deliver my beefy increase.
The hope of a vaccine now looks to be to be on the horizon.
One after the other, pharmaceutical companies like been announcing very promising outcomes. Confidently the next weeks and months will ascertain this new reality, giving us the likelihood of issues returning to no longer unusual.
For the duration of all this time, we by no approach stopped our activity but we had to reorganise it.
Our AGA week is a tradition. Thanks to new applied sciences, we are in a position to admire this tradition and be collectively, remotely but collectively, to share our experiences and leer to the prolonged bustle.
As of late is a time to salvage collectively, a assorted occasion to meet, exchange and resolve stock of our neighborhood. 184 Member golf equipment, Associations, coming from 122 countries all the blueprint in which by the sphere are gathering almost about for a entire of 412 contributors for the 3rd world digital reunion of our history.
Fresh contributors, new leaders be half of historical ones, all half of a enormous household…
Welcome to all of you. You signify the very bedrock of our neighborhood and likewise you may possibly well well possibly like shown courage and resilience over the final months.
For the reason that starting up of the health crisis, adaptability and creativity like been at the center of our actions right here at the FIA.
Faced with this device back, our device has been certain from day 1.
To enhance you the utilize of the final approach at our disposal.
And so that you may possibly well attain so, we had
- to support our ecosystem,
- to create hasten the fast and atmosphere superior return of our FIA activities
- and finally, to create hasten the sport may possibly well well restart as rapidly as that that you can presumably judge.
And we made it.
Upright one month after a total lot of the sphere used to be locked down, as rapidly as 28 April, we had constructed assorted funds scenarios to enable us to conquer this crisis and we now like got chosen basically the most engrossing sustainable monetary route.
The work of the previous years has keep the FIA in a monetary set apart so that you may possibly well present realistic assistance in the fight in opposition to this invisible monster, and right here’s an fulfillment.
We now like, among other issues:
- cancelled the Clubs’ first annual expenses bracket,
- disbursed over 8 million euros to you, our Contributors, for the length of the framework of our Grant Programme and FIF projects
- apart from to more than 230 000 surgical masks all around the globe.
Each and every our pillars like keep in set apart solid programmes to support our Member neighborhood: the FIA Sport Clubs Unity and the Mobility Worldwide Programmes that were made that that you can presumably judge thanks to new applied sciences.
I’m in a position to also level out right here the 14 FIA Stronger Together Webinars for Sport, apart from to the Digital Motor Sport Toolkit.
Offered this week, the Grassroots Toolkits were highly anticipated by the Sport Clubs. Their device? To give recommendation on the vogue to organise leisure occasions which may possibly well well possibly be affordable and gracious, and finally to attract new contributors.
As for Mobility, it rapidly position up the ‘Preserve Tuned’ webinars inaugurate to all FIA golf equipment.
But most importantly: it keep in set apart the Mobility Worldwide Programme that has 2 desires:
1st/ to present assistance to the Clubs in finest need
2nd/ to create a “Toolkit” of most engrossing practices to successfully navigate a put up-COVID world.
In this same line, the Mobility group launched an e-studying programme for all contributors under FIA College umbrella.
By approach of making improvements to exchanges, we can salute our flexibility when it comes to most fundamental gatherings. As an instance, in most engrossing 3 weeks we organized a Mobility and Sport eConference in June with 66 audio system.
On their aspect, the FIA teams maintained their commitment and stage of labor all around the final lockdown restrictions and remained in contact with you by several platforms fancy Zoom and Teams.
This solid digitalisation had also an influence on our Governance.
For the first time in years, on 30 November, the FIA had to organise an Unheard of General Meeting in assert to amend our Statutes to permit the space balloting and lengthen our digital vote capacity.
The FIA can now characteristic almost about if most fundamental – achieving a brand new stage of commercial resilience.
Restarting motor sport used to be one among our imperatives.
As you may possibly well well possibly be all aware, Blueprint 1, adopted by many other FIA Championships, has been the 1st World Sport competitors to restart in 2020.
Thanks to our ANSs, drivers, teams, promoters, officers, volunteers, FIA team of workers, we now like got stumbled on gracious and innovative programs to continue presenting our sport to millions of followers in each set apart on the earth.
And that used to be a no longer easy device back!
Let me deliver my satisfaction with this accomplishment.
A particular reward for the FIA Scientific Commission and its President, Prof. Gérard Saillant, apart from to to your total FIA Sport Administration. The health protocol they established following the WHO and IFRC’s solutions used to be key to the restart.
Additionally, thanks to the work of our technical teams, the FIA has been in a position to present you the “Return to Motor Sport Guidelines” which like been offered in different digital workshops and like helped you to organise your sport occasions all around the crisis.
At the pause, F1 used to be ready to support a total season, with 17 races in six months.
It’s miles genuinely a collective success.
Particular greetings to Italy which organised 3 F1 Tall Prix apart from to 2 WRC occasions, to Austria, UK and Bahrain with 2 F1 Tall Prix…
But there may possibly be more. In this time of colossal uncertainty, we now like got demonstrated cohesion & cohesion!
The F1 neighborhood has approach collectively to make certain the sustainability of motor sport’s pinnacle. A chief instance is the unanimous settlement reached in April on the reduction of the price cap stage in F1 which is half of the “Fresh Deal” proposed this One year. But every other colossal instance of right here’s the signing of the Concorde Settlement on 19 August. This foremost accomplishment will create hasten the steadiness of Blueprint 1 for the next 5 years and must allow us to encourage you higher.
As you know, after 4 years of solid commitment, Toddle Carey will scamper away his set apart at Blueprint 1 to turn into non-executive Chairman. He’ll be replaced by Stefano Domenicali. I desire them basically the most engrossing.
In these advanced times, we now like got managed to support a total of 526 motor sport occasions on the global calendar registered by a total of 53 ASNs.
Let’s salute several achievements as that of Lewis Hamilton with his 7th F1 World Champion title – equalling Michael Schumacher – and that of Mercedes 7th F1 World Constructor title. Congratulations also to Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia who changed into WRC World Champions for the 7th time.
For the opposite Championships as neatly, the season used to be intense in a total lot of programs.
Let’s inaugurate with WRC:
The Rally neighborhood has been imaginative and has created a 7-match calendar with new venues and formats fancy Rally Estonia and ACI Rally Monza.
For 2021, we hope to blueprint to a more traditional calendar.
And our vision is already position on 2022, with the introduction of the brand new Hybrid Rally1 autos and the renewed commitment of the producers at present alive to.
I also congratulate your total FIA World Endurance Championship neighborhood.
The distinctive different of eight rounds used to be maintained. And the sphere’s finest patience accelerate, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, took set apart in September, unfortunately with out spectators.
The future looks to be promising: next season will look the appearance of the Hypercar class.
FORMULA E has shown colossal adaptability.
The tip of the season took set apart in Berlin and topped Antonio DaCosta and the DS Techeetah group.
We’re having a stare forward to the inaugurate of the 1st Blueprint E World Championship in a few weeks in Santiago du Chili, and to the appearance of the Gen 3 automobile in 2022.
Relating to WRX – the Championship began in August with occasions in Sweden and then in Finland, and a brand new promoter will rapidly be appointed. Rallycross would possibly be position to turn into the first FIA championship to characteristic electrical autos derived from passenger autos in 2021.
Karting, the spoiled of the single seater pyramid and the college of motor sport, is silent an exhilarating entry self-discipline for competitors of all ages and all backgrounds, apart from to F2 F3 and F4 which also present us with perfect racing.
In WTCR, following joint work between the FIA and the promoter in reducing the Touring Automobile season expenses, the Championship may possibly well well happen.
I actually like a deliver thought for the opposite FIA Championships equivalent to Historical, Hill Climb, Truck and Dragster that also can no longer restart and most up-to-date a total season.
This One year, and namely all around the lockdown, a brand new self-discipline has emerged: DIGITAL motor sport. In 2020, we now like got promoted the eSports activities under the banner #raceathome and defined our FIA digital Motorsport strategy including the advent of a dedicated Commission.
Clearly, attributable to the sanitary device back, the Motorsport Games couldn’t happen in 2020 at le Castellet in the South of France and like been postponed to next One year. We’re having a stare forward to the second edition of this moving competitors.
Motor sport stays harmful, right here’s why SAFETY is one among our top priorities.
2020 has been hit by the accident of Romain Grosjean that also can like had a tragic ending. We’re thankful for the hasten final consequence and can salute the plenty of growth made by approach of circuit security over the final decades.
The Halo has already saved several lives. We should always continue our efforts on retaining drivers. Here is the reason at the support of being of the Serious Accident Watch Team.
About security equipment, I resolve to create a deliver spotlight on helmets. At the FIA, we are elated that our sport is a formidable laboratory. Our technological innovations on helmets must be fundamental to all.
That’s why the Federation leads 2 most fundamental initiatives: the helmet security rating project, and the gracious and reasonably priced helmet project that encourages and facilitates the deployment of a bike helmet that meets UN security requirements.
The helmet we worked on is cosy in hot and humid climates and must be accessible at an affordable trace – spherical 20 US $. I count on you to put it on the market to your respective countries.
I revel on this likelihood to thank the FIA Foundation, a member of our household, for its increase to this project. For the duration of this One year, we persisted to create synergies with the FIA Foundation to bring stronger ends up in street security advocacy and atmosphere. I commend my friend George Robertson and Saul Billingsley for his or her colossal commitment.
It’s time to talk relating to the influence of 2020 on MOBILITY.
The world crisis has highlighted a differ of most up-to-date points, new challenges that we are starting up to take care of collectively in assert to reach our general device: gracious and sustainable mobility.
Following a winning Third World Ministerial Conference in Stockholm held in February, the UN General Meeting adopted a brand new resolution on Making improvements to World Boulevard Security. It sets an formidable device for the next 10 years and declares the Second Decade of Action for Boulevard Security.
2020 has shown us that trade is that that you can presumably judge and that we don’t like to honest rep the trouble quo as a norm. We can now believe a assorted vision.
We, FIA and Member Clubs, alongside with our key companions and stakeholders, are neatly positioned to power, lead and make a contribution to this new gracious mobility tradition and right here’s a solid shift.
Here is at the center of the brand new street security advocacy strategy, which used to be offered and instructed at the World Council for Mobility on Tuesday and must continue to chart our future route.
As half of world street security leadership, the FIA will present route, plan capacity and give a boost to engagement.
Interior this framework, the Excessive Level Panel for Boulevard Security can lead trade, promoting street security as a price.
And I even like to retract our #3500 LIVES Marketing campaign born in 2017. In cooperation with JC Decaux, it has been displayed in 1,157 cities in 79 countries and must continue for the length of 2021. In 2020, the 17 Ambassadors like authorized to affix our effort in opposition to Covid-19 with a message “Preserve dwelling, Preserve gracious.”
You will like also heard about MOVISM that took a step forward in 2020 and has a vision to turn into a prolonged lasting motion promoting safer and smarter mobility.
The fundraising activities must increase the UN Boulevard Security Trust Fund, and other projects offered by YOU, our contributors.
Boulevard security will not be any longer an neutral public health and security initiative: cities, for instance, like a key role to create a more livable atmosphere.
This leads us to the Dapper Cities initiative, which used to be successfully promoted digitally in 2020. This programme objectives to make certain mobility in the cities of the next day to come is safer, cleaner and more accessible for all street users.
A be aware also on tourism that has been one among the principle covid-19’s commercial casualties. Here is why the dedicated department is launching a in vogue information platform named “VIAFIA” that will support you up to this level with the most up-to-date trends in tourism.
More normally, in 2020, our neighborhood has finished essential.
Beneath the #RaceagainstCovid banner, we partnered with the Pink Fallacious to amass about €2m for the enviornment response to the Covid-19 crisis with the increase of the FIA Foundation and your total racing neighborhood.
A winning online charity auction used to be made that that you can presumably judge thanks to the filled with life role of the President of the FIA Drivers’ Commission, Tom Kristensen, and the generosity of RM Sotheby’s.
This used to be an opportunity to beef up the cooperation between FIA Member Clubs and IFRC promoting interventions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
As far as the Ambiance is fearful, we already launched hybrid engines in Blueprint 1 and created Blueprint E in 2014, joined the UN Sport for Local weather Action Framework and worked on a Sustainable Fuel….
For the length of 2020, under the solid leadership of Felipe Calderon, the FIA Ambiance and Sustainability Commission has formulated a entire framework for an FIA Environmental Blueprint.
We now like a double device: being carbon neutral in 2021 and earn-zero carbon in 2030. It’s miles a colossal ambition!
During the FIA’s Innovation Fund, we joined the #WeRaceAsOne Blueprint 1 initiative that objectives to make stronger differ and inclusion in motor sport.
We now like also persisted to create Gender Equality by the Girls folks in Motorsport Commission and FIF projects equivalent to “Girls on Discover – Rising stars.” The target: to bring more girls at basically the most engrossing stage of motor sport. I salute right here Michele Mouton’s work and commitment.
I must level out the Statutes Review Commission on that matter. Certainly, in 2020, a better gender representation used to be discussed and mirrored in our buildings. And It’s miles barely the starting up.
We’re also addressing the Human Rights self-discipline and I merit your participation to our consultations on this self-discipline.
Let me also grunt a be aware relating to the Incapacity and Accessibility Commission that objectives to create hasten accessible racing and motoring all the blueprint in which by each the Sport and Mobility pillars. I resolve this likelihood to particular my particular thanks to Nathalie Mc Gloin for her colossal work.
These are most engrossing a few examples and we, at the FIA, are hasten to power forward the hasten influence our two pillars can create.
As the regulator of motor sport and a serious player in mobility, we now like got a deliver accountability towards the society and right here’s why we are launching the #PurposeDriven motion : to formalize and enhance this commitment.
To inspire motion, the FIA will focal level its efforts within four key ‘Reason’ areas: Neatly being & Security, Ambiance, Diversity & Inclusion and Community Kind.
The FIA will work with you to create instruments that will well well possibly finally be expedient to you.
For the #PurposeDriven Motion to prevail, we need everyone’s energy and creativity and I beg every of you to affix us.
A be aware of Ethics and Compliance that also can very neatly be a genuinely most fundamental matter to me for the reason that starting up of my first mandate. The hotline used to be created in Can also as planned. Since then, any individual with generous concerns about ethical behaviour, governance or compliance issues, can elevate them confidentially. And right here’s a genuinely most fundamental legacy.
Bigger than ever, in these unparalleled times, our Federation must play its role as a solid world actor.
In 2020, we now like got partnered with the UN, and several other of its businesses equivalent to UNDP, UNHabitat, UNECE, the World Bank, the WHO, World Federations equivalent to IOC, FIFA, UEFA, IAAF, UCI, FIM, on mandatory issues equivalent to street security, sustainable mobility and the response to Covid-19.
We now like collaborated with all these world actors attributable to we are one among them. And we now like got to behave accordingly. This will create our organisation STRONGER. Recount it to create yours stronger!
In conclusion, I’d resolve to thanks.
You, our Contributors.
My group: Brian, Graham and Thierry.
The Vice-Presidents and Contributors of our 2 World Councils,
Senate Contributors, Presidents and their Commissions, the Contributors of our Ethics and Audit Committees,
and our Courts.
FIA Volunteers – with out them, no competitors may possibly well well happen.
Our team of workers in Paris and Geneva and their continuous loyalty to the organisation.
I also deliver my particular thanks to Andrew Mckellar, Secretary General for Mobility, for his dedication to the FIA and its contributors. The organisation has benefited from his abilities and I attain hope that, relief in Australia, he can like actual reminiscences of his 6 years spent with us. I desire him basically the most engrossing for the prolonged bustle.
This health emergency has reminded us of the reality that we had for basically the most half forgotten: our vulnerability and the fragility of the human situation.
This pushes us to work even more carefully collectively to support every other overcome the difficulties 2020 has imposed on us.
This name for world solidarity and cooperation has been a precedence of my 11 years as your President.
I now like every other One year in entrance of me.
Leisure assured that I will keep all my heart and energy into making it valuable and rewarding for all of you till the final minute.