FIA launches mentoring programme for next generation of motorsport leaders

Young members FIA club members to receive 'Immersion Programme' at motorsport body's HQ.

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has launched a mentoring programme for the next generation of leaders within motorsport.

First introduced at the 2022 FIA Sport Conference, the so-called 'Immersion Programme' is designed to provide sporting club members with the chance to learn from the FIA over the course of a ten-day visit to its headquarters.

Five club members between the ages of 25 and 35 were welcomed to Paris at the start of this week, attending workshops and learning how the FIA operates.

The candidates will also get the chance to transfer to the FIA's Geneva headquarters to gather insights from the onsite teams, including the Sport Club Liaison Office, human resources, and the legal and marketing departments.

Participants will also be trained on the FIA Sport Grants procedures and on social responsibility programme management, with a special focus on women in motorsport and the environment.

They will also have the chance to work at the 2022 edition of the Motorsport Games from 26th to 30th October.

“We are committed to promoting an inclusive learning and mentorship culture that inspires and empowers our members,” said FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem.

“I am delighted we are providing the young participants of the FIA Immersion Programme with the tools, vision and confidence to pursue their career in motorsport.”

FIA vice president for sport, Robert Reid, added: “I am thrilled to launch this mentorship journey for the next generation of motorsport leaders. Our goal is to empower FIA members’ sustainable growth, build stronger bridges between the FIA and its sporting clubs, as well as facilitate opportunities for networking and knowledge sharing.”