The FIA, the governing body of Formula One, has revealed that another high-ranking member, Tim Goss, has departed from the organization. This comes just a month after the resignation of Steve Nielsen, the sporting director, in December.
The departure of both individuals is a setback for the management of the sport. Goss played a crucial role in developing new regulations that were scheduled to be implemented in 2026, while Nielsen was hired just a year ago to improve the race control operations following the controversial Abu Dhabi GP in 2021. According to reports, he was dissatisfied and disappointed with the FIA’s reluctance to make necessary changes.
There are concerns about the leadership of the FIA, led by president Mohammed ben Sulayem, due to a number of issues that have arisen under his watch. This includes an ongoing investigation into a potential conflict of interest involving Mercedes principal Toto Wolff and his wife, Susie Wolff, who manages the all-female F1 Academy.
The inquiry quickly concluded that there was no wrongdoing on either side, as both F1 management and the teams agreed that the investigation was unnecessary. The FIA has not yet provided an explanation for their investigation into the Wolffs.
A source within the paddock informed the Guardian that the recent departures were a concerning pattern that brought attention to underlying problems within the FIA.
The FIA has announced that Tim Malyon will take over for Nielsen as the safety director, a position he has held since 2021. Malyon has prior experience in F1 with Sauber and Red Bull. No replacement for Goss has been named at this time.
Goss is the third senior member of the FIA to leave in recent months after the head of the FIA’s commission for women, Deborah Mayer, also opted to not renew her position and left to pursue her other commitments in racing including her role as founder of the Iron Dames, all-female racing team.