Gian Carlo Minardi, the eponymous Formula One team founder, has been elected as president of the FIA Single-Seater Commission. The Italian was elected after an e-voting process by members of the World Motor Sport Council.
Starting out as a competitor in Hill Climb and rallying in the late 1960s, Minardi switched to management by running teams in Formula Italia. He eventually took his successful Formula Two operation into Formula 1 in 1985 where an engine supply partnership with Ferrari followed.
The Minardi name featured in Formula 1 until it was acquired by Paul Stoddart in 2001. The team eventually morphed into Scuderia Toro Rosso and has been known as Alpha Tauri since 2020. It still operates from the original Minardi team base in Faenza, Italy.
Minardi is currently president of the Automobile Club d’Italia (ACI) Land Speed Records Commission since 2004 and in 2020 was elected president of the Autdodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, better known as Imola.
He will oversee the Single-Seater Commission, which the FIA notes has been instrumental in reshaping the FIA’s junior racing portfolio while introducing innovative technologies and improved safety measures in recent years.
FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem said, “I warmly welcome the election of Gian Carlo Minardi as FIA Single-Seater Commission President. He is a major figure in motorsport. I look forward to working with him to further develop the Single-Seater pyramid around the world.