Michael Schumacher elected chairman of the FIA Safety Fund 

Written by David on May 25th, 2008 at 11:42 amLast Update: May 25th, 2008 at 11:42 am

Michael SchumacherFormer Ferrari driver and seven-time F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher has been elected Chairman of the newly created Motor Sport Safety Development Fund. The Fund has been created by F1′s governing body to manage the distribution of motor sport safety-related grants from the FIA’s $60 million share of the $100 million fine imposed on McLaren-Mercedes for the “spy story” last year.

Chaired by Michael Schumacher, the Fund’s Management Committee is made up of Max Mosley, FIA President; Nick Craw, President of the Automobile Competition Committee for the United States; Jean Todt, Member of the Board, Ferrari SpA and Norbert Haug, Vice President, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport.

Working in close collaboration with the FIA Institute the programme of Fund activities will roll out later this year and will include a Young Driver Safety Scholarship Programme, an Officials Skills Safety Training Programme and a Facility Safety Improvement Consultancy Programme.

“I’m proud to be able to help with the further development of safety in motor sport across the world,” said Schumacher. The FIA has achieved a great deal already in its safety activities but the grants available from this new Fund will make a huge contribution to improving motor sport safety, especially in emerging motor sport markets.”

“From the outset we had intended that any fine imposed on McLaren-Mercedes would be used for the benefit of the grass roots of motor sport. I’m delighted that this money will be invested in a safer future for our sport,” added FIA President Max Mosley.

Norbert Haug, Vice President, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport: “The success of our sport at the top level depends on strong foundations at the grass roots. This new Fund will make a huge difference as we invest in improving the training and skills in motor sport across the world.”

Jean Todt, Member of the Board, Ferrari SpA: “I’m pleased that the unfortunate events of last year have given rise to a worthy project that will benefit all aspects of motor racing.”

source: FIA 

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