Felipe Massa has been announced as the Chairman of the Drivers Commission, after Tom Kristensen decided to step down from the post. The former Ferrari driver who has been involved in kart racing after his retirement from F1, looks forward to his new role.
Tom Kristensen is a Danish former racing driver born in Hobro who holds the record for the most wins at the 24 hours of Le Mans with nine titles, six of which were consecutive. “Mr. Le Mans” at a press conference in Copenhagen announced his retirement from motorsport at the end of the current World Endurance Championship season on 19th November 2014. Before taking over the position of head of the commission, the 55-year-old was the Vice President.
The Commission of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile existed since 2012 consisting of twelve members. The commission represents the interests of all the race drivers across all the motorsport disciplines. This commission was headed by Tom Kristensen from 2014 up until recently.
Felipe Massa reacts after being elected for new post
Felipe Massa is a Brazilian driver who formerly competed in Formula One, driving for Ferrari, Williams and Sauber. Felipe was injured in 2009 during the Hungarian Grand Prix by a torsion spring which hit his helmet. After the incident, Massa failed to win many races pertaining to which on 4th November, 2017, ahead of his home Grand Prix, Massa announced his retirement.
Before retiring from the Formula E racing at the end of 2019-20 Championship, Felipe Massa pursued his career in the electric series. Soon after, Massa took part in the Brazilin Stock car and held various positions in the FIA.
As part of the recent haul, Massa was appointed as the Chairman of the Driver’s Commission, “The new FIA president has appointed me chairman of the Drivers’ Commission. I am very happy because there is undoubtedly a lot to do,” said the former Brazilian driver.
Adding onto his comment, Massa also said that, “I’m not completely giving up on karting, but I will now be involved as a consultant in this area. I was in charge of this area for four years at the FIA and I love the job. It’s time to start a new job.”