Toto Wolff’s former special advisor gets interim senior FIA role

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Toto Wolff’s former special advisor Shaila-Ann Rao has been named as an interim replacement for Peter Bayer, the man who oversaw FIA’s Abu Dhabi investigation.

Peter Bayer assumed the roles of FIA’s secretary-general and F1 executive director in December, and one of his first tasks was to oversee the FIA’s investigation into the controversial ending of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The investigation confirmed that errors had been made by Michael Masi, the race director at the time, but he had already been removed from his position before the FIA’s report came out.

Now, only a few months later, Bayer is leaving his role with the FIA.

“The FIA warmly thanks him for the achievements he has contributed to the development of motorsport over the last five years,” a statement from the FIA read.

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“In particular, he has supervised, with the entire Sport Division, the building of the single-seater pyramid from karting to F1, the creation of the new World Rally-Raid Championship, as well as improving safety and sustainability in all disciplines.

“The FIA wishes him all the best for the future.”

Bayer will be replaced on an interim basis by Shaila-Ann Rao, who has previously held the position of FIA legal director between 2016 and 2018.

After her work with the FIA, she served as general counsel to Mercedes, before becoming special advisor to Mercedes F1 Team Principal Toto Wolff.

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