The FIA is the governing body for world motor sport and the federation of the world’s leading motoring organisations. Founded in 1904, with headquarters in Paris, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) is a non-profit making association. It brings together 245 national motoring and sporting organisations from 143 countries on five continents. Its member clubs represent millions of motorists and their families.


The FIA's involvement in motor sport is almost as old as the automobile itself. With city-to-city racing becoming popular in the early 20th century, but with no rules governing safety or fair competition, the Automobile Club de France allied itself with 12 clubs from around the world to form the Association Internationales des Automobile Clubs Reconnus, the direct antecedent of the FIA.

In 1950, the federation inaugurated the Formula One World Championship and thus began the FIA's evolution into a global motor sports force. From Formula One to the World Rally Championship and from endurance racing to the brand new arena of alternative energy championships, the FIA's passion for motor sport and its dedication to ensuring fair play and safety for all competitors are undiminished.


The latest chapter in FIA history is the FIA Formula 2 Championship. Confirmed in March 2017, F2 sits beneath the FIA Formula One World Championship on the single-seater pyramid, acting as the final stepping stone for drivers aiming to reach the pinnacle of world motor sport.

The completion of this single-seater pyramid was a significant step for the Federation, which has now created a clear path for drivers from karting to FIA Formula 4, the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, FIA Formula 2 and FIA Formula One.

The FIA governs the championship’s technical and sporting regulations, appoints the FIA officials and ensures the utmost safety standards of the cars and circuits. 

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