Formula E continues to make adjustments to position itself as one of the world’s leading electric competitions by announcing the hiring of Dieter Gass as the new Senior Technical and Sporting Advisor.
Gass has extensive experience in various motorsport championships and is very familiar with Formula E. In his previous position as Head of Audi Motorsport, Gass was responsible for the German manufacturer’s successful entry into the championship, with highlights including Audi being crowned co-champion of the 2017/2018 season.
As part of his new duties, Gass will play a key role alongside Alberto Longo working in partnership with the FIA on sporting and technical matters to ensure continued growth and the fulfillment of long-term goals and visions.
In addition, he will focus on maintaining the high standards of technical development that the FIA and Formula E have kept since inception, and will work with the governing body and other stakeholders to implement a well-defined plan for the future.
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A Major Addition
On Gass’ appointment, Formula E CEO Jamie Reigle explained that in working together with the FIA they defined a clear roadmap for the sport.
“The question is: how does the technology, the race car and adjacent technologies, how does the charge serve the vision of the sport? We needed someone with credibility there who could really drive that agenda for us in partnership with the FIA and make sure we are delivering an outstanding product,” he stressed.
Although only five rounds have passed in Season 9 and the Gen3 era, work is already underway for the championship’s Gen4, which will be introduced starting in Season 13.
Having a figure who can liaise with the FIA, teams and manufacturers, and see how potential changes could affect the sporting side, the purpose of the championship and the spectacle.
“The timing is needed. Very clearly, as we looked toward the end of the decade, we knew we needed someone strong to lead that area for Formula E and advise the FIA. We also wanted someone who had experience working with manufacturers,” Reigle said of Gass’ arrival.