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Shock Resignation to Trigger FIA Staff Shakeup

One of the key FIA technical delegates in Formula E unexpectedly resigned this week….

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The FIA’s Formula E technical team will undergo post-season changes after one of its leading delegates tendered his shock resignation earlier this week.

E-racing365 can reveal that Sylvain Rivier notified the FIA that he is leaving his present role with immediate effect this week.

Rivier held the position of Technical Delegate for Electronics and has been an integral part of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship since its advent in 2014.

He was also the project lead on the Gen 2 Formula E car program which has been met with widespread praise following its early test and development phase this year.

Teams and other Formula E staff are believed to have been notified of the unexpected decision to leave his role at the latest Technical Working Group meeting which took place earlier this week in Geneva.

The FIA’s current technical structure in Formula E is headed by former Honda and Ferrari F1 engineer Gilles Simon.

Rivier, along with FIA Technical Delegate Laurent Arnaud, was the reference point on most technical issues in the all-electric championship and informed the teams and suppliers regarding the current and future technical regulations and their future implementations.

The organization of the FIA’s Formula E team sees sporting and technical strategic decisions come from the Sporting Working Group (SWG) and the Technical Working Group (TWG).

The SWG and TWG have been chaired by Rivier and FIA Formula E Sporting Manager Frederic Espinos, respectively.

The SWG and TWG then refers to the Formula E Committee (Formula E Holdings and FIA) and the FIA’s Electric and New Energy Championship Commission (ENECC) which is headed by Professor Burkhard Goeschl.

The World Motor Sport Council then validates the groups’ findings and decisions for regulatory ratification.

Rivier’s departure comes just two months after Espinos also announced his departure from the FIA to join Formula E Holdings Ltd as Sporting Manager.

E-racing365 revealed in April that Espinos would take over from present Sporting Manager Benoit Dupont who is leaving to take up a position in the FIA World Rallycross Championship which will become fully electric in 2020.

Espinos’ specific job title at FEH will be as Sporting Director.

He will be replaced by Javier Maffioli who is the former agent of ex-Formula E driver Jaime Alguersuari.

Maffioli joined the FIA earlier this year as Touring Car Championship Manager after a three year career with the Al Kamel Systems timing company.

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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  1. Paul

    June 22, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Great article Sam.

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