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FIA issues provisional sportscar driver ratings for 2017

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The FIA has issued the provisional list of driver ratings across sportscar racing for the 2017 season, confirming a number of revisions to the existing classifications.

Sportscar drivers are currently rated as platinum, gold, silver or bronze depending on their experience and success, with different classes having different requirements for the make-up of driver line-ups.

Driver ratings have been subject to much debate in recent years, making the issuing of the provisional ratings for 2017 significant.

You can see the extensive 54-page document detailing all of the driver ratings for 2017 by clicking here, but these are some of the changes that will directly impact the FIA World Endurance Championship:

Rui Aguas (AF Corse) – Silver to Gold
Ryan Dalziel (ESM) – Platinum to Gold
Gustavo Menezes (Signatech Alpine) – Silver to Gold
Roman Rusinov (G-Drive Racing) – Silver to Gold
Richie Stanaway (Aston Martin Racing) – Gold to Platinum
Nicki Thiim (Aston Martin Racing) – Gold to Platinum

Drivers have two weeks to appeal their ratings for 2017.

Formula One names Stefano Domenicali as its new CEO

Stefano Domenicali named F1 CEO
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Former Ferarri chief Stefano Domenicali was named the new president and CEO of F1, replacing Chase Carey in January 2021, Liberty Media announced Friday.

Domenicali, 55, will join Formula One from Lamborghini, where he had been CEO and president.

He worked on Ferrari’s F1 team for nearly 20 years, becoming the team principal in 2008. He left in 2014 and worked at Audi before joining Lamborghini.

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“I am thrilled to join the Formula 1 organization, a sport that has always been part of my life,” Domenicali said in a release. “I was born in Imola and live in Monza.  I’ve remained connected to the sport through my work with the Single Seater Commission at the FIA and I look forward to connecting with the teams, promoters, sponsors and many partners in Formula 1 as we continue to drive the business ahead.

“The past six years at Audi and then leading Lamborghini have given me broader perspective and experience that I will bring to Formula 1.”

Carey, who had led F1 since Liberty’s Formula One Group took control of the organization in 2017, will move to the role of non-executive chairman.

“Chase has done a phenomenal job leading F1,” Liberty Media President and CEO Greg Maffei said in a statement. “He assembled a first-class commercial and sporting organization that has a long list of achievements, including broadening the appeal of the sport, growing its digital presence, establishing new technical regulations, securing a cost cap for the first time and reaching a new more equitable Concorde agreement with the teams.  His actions have reinforced F1 as the pinnacle of motorsport.”

Said Carey: “It has been an honor to lead Formula 1, a truly global sport with a storied past over the last seventy years. I’m proud of the team that’s not only navigated through an immensely challenging 2020 but returned with added purpose and determination in the areas of sustainability, diversity and inclusion.  I’m confident that we’ve built the strong foundation for the business to grow over the long term.”