FIA appoints Jan Monchaux as Technical Director

Jan Monchaux appointed as FIA Technical Director

The FIA announced today that Jan Monchaux has been appointed to the role of Technical Director for the Single-Seater Division.

Formula One’s governing body, the FIA has strengthened its leadership at a critical moment by appointing Jan Monchaux as its new single-seater technical director following the recent departure of Tim Goss.

Monchaux is a well-known F1 figure with a wealth of aerodynamics knowledge after having previously worked with LMP1 and DTM, with the most recent role being that of Technical Director with the Stake F1 Team Kick Sauber team.

Jan Monchaux will oversee the Single-Seater Technical Department, which deals with both present and future technical regulations related to Formula 1 and report to FIA’s Single-Seater Director Nikolas Tombazis.

“I am very happy to be joining the FIA as Technical Director and look forward to the fresh challenges this role entails,” Monchaux said.

“I have worked on the Competitors’ side for many years, but now the opportunity to help shape the future of the Sport with the governing body is a prospect I relish.”

Jan Monchaux assumed the role of head of aerodynamics at Sauber in 2018 and served as technical director for the Alfa Romeo F1 cars the team fielded from 2019 to 2023.

Before then, he worked as an Audi aerodynamicist for five years after having previously worked for Ferrari’s F1 team for three years. He started his motorsport career in 2002 and worked at Toyota for seven years.

In confirming Jan Monchaux’s appointment to the role of Technical Director, the FIA’s Single-Seater Director Nikolas Tombazis said: “I am excited to welcome Jan to the FIA to fulfil an important role in the technical department, and in framing the future regulations of the sport.

“Jan’s arrival will strengthen our extensive technical expertise.”

The announcement follows the FIA’s recent hiring of former McLaren aero chief Marianne Hinson as head of technical audit.

The FIA’s F1 leadership is going through a transitional era with Monchaux’s appointment. The need for additional support was brought to the fore after Goss’s move to Red Bull/VCARB and the departure of sporting director Steve Nielsen.

Niels Wittich is still the F1 race director, but Tim Malyon, the former safety director is now in charge of sports affairs.

Monchaux’s position is critical because he will be in charge of the technical rules for the upcoming 2026 F1 transformation.

These regulations, which are now being developed with the goal of encouraging more competitiveness and cost control, will have a big influence on the next generation Formula 1 cars.

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