Bayer departs F1 executive director role

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The FIA has announced the departure of Peter Bayer, who served as secretary general for sport since 2017 and as F1 executive director since 2021.

The FIA wished Bayer all the best for the future and thanked him for his contributions to the development of motorsport over the last five years. In particular, he supervised, with the FIA Sport Division, the building of the single-seater pyramid from karting to F1, the creation of the new World Rally-Raid Championship, as well as improving safety and sustainability in all disciplines.

Peter Bayer will be replaced on an interim basis by Shaila-Ann Rao, who has just returned to the FIA. She previously held the position of FIA legal director from 2016 to 2018, before spending the past three-and-a-half years with Mercedes Grand Prix as general counsel and then special advisor to the team’s CEO and principal, Toto Wolff.

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