This is the first time a driver of his calibre has stood for 1 of the primary elected offices of the FIA, so why has Kristensen decided to stand?
“Motor Sport has been my lifestyle, I have bought so significantly from it,“ suggests the Dane. “I believe now it’s time for me to give anything back again. I like the concept the activity must be led by people today who have a good deal of experience in it. I would like to share all my information and knowing to enable encourage new generations to turn out to be concerned. I have been with FIA for some time now with the drivers’ fee with all the things that contain. So I would like to keep on to be concerned with the development of it, and of the activity, I adore so significantly.”
Kristensen’s platform for launching a larger political vocation in the activity is his management position on the FIA Drivers’ Commission. Although its function is not very well acknowledged to motorsport audiences, the fee has its tentacles into many places of the operating of the activity, such as supplying driver stewards at Grands Prix, supporting packages like Gals in Motorsport, Ladies on Monitor as very well as a strong voice on the protection and incident investigation groups, championship restrictions and driver categorizations (gold, silver, bronze) for GT and stamina racing.
“We have a bunch of quite excellent guys, most of us have been racing in rally, off-highway, karting, System vehicles, stamina, so there is a good deal of experience,” suggests Kristensen. “We never make concrete decisions, but we provide things to the Globe Council and we help other Commissions. For instance, Emanuele Pirro appears in the circuit fee, Derek Warwick in the single-seater fee, and myself in the Stamina and Security Commissions.”
The up coming five to 10 a long time for motorsport will see some of the most important, most speedy alterations in the sport’s background as external forces like weather change, online video streaming, gaming, and social media reshape the activity. There will be winners and losers amongst motorsport groups and each of the FIA Presidential candidates and their groups operating in this election see guarding the activity and its development pathways, from grassroots to F1 as a essential priority.
“In our see, the most important challenge is probably how to make motorsport sustainable heading ahead, “ Kristensen suggests. “Establishing a new spending plan tactic, how to refresh our lover foundation, how to draw in far more competitors, how to keep on to even more greatly enhance protection degrees, how to bolster our various disciplines. So accessibility, sustainability, and variety, these things absolutely are essential.
“It is how to possibly embrace a little bit far more the leisure karting, possibly have some karting competitions about the various ASNs (countrywide federations), exactly where FIA can help it. It can be even be started off by way of the enthusiasm for eSports and the FIA eSports is actually heading in advance and with the Commission, they have a good deal of fantastic tips. And there you can actually enter really low-cost, and we can make that function. Also the Crosscar championships (starter collection for rallying). You really don’t need to have a circuit for accomplishing that. And there are sites about the entire world exactly where Crosscar will come in handy absolutely Asia, South The us, and Africa. Issues like that heading to rallying, we need to have to help it far more, we need to have to be companions with our clubs.”
Central to the long run will be the engineering of the electric power units, with electrical being closely promoted by governments, although the activity is also proposing one hundred% sustainable fuels as very well as hydrogen as choices.
“I’m open to all. And I believe the respond to has to be a various (model) of all these systems,” suggests Kristensen. ”We see far more youthful engineers with fantastic tips coming out of the universities. So for us to keep on to be a actual laboratory for the long run gain of all, on the race observe or the highway, we have to improve general performance, environmental sustainability, and engineering. Motorsport will keep on to be of actual use and relevance for the automotive business. We imagine we can’t disconnect. And if we set together the electric power of producers with the general performance of best competitors, we have a large ability to be innovative and successful. What Le Mans is accomplishing with the hydrogen 24 method is a excellent case in point, there are lots of other individuals.”
The latest World F1 lover survey confirmed a escalating crossover of motorsport audiences with players – 61% of F1 fans aged sixteen to 24 identify as players – so how essential is gaming to the development of motorsport, but also as level of competition in its very own appropriate?
“It turns into truth. The virtual esports are getting to be so excellent,” he suggests. “Under the pandemic, there were a good deal of races, particularly in 2020, exactly where you noticed people today from the actual entire world competing with these players who were extremely successful, extremely fast. That combination produced anything and nowadays it’s just escalating. And the FIA is supporting that. We have produced a new fee, under the management of Anna Norquist from Sweden. And just currently, we set out the FIA eSports entire world rating. So with any luck , that can be anything which the FIA can push ahead.”
Even with the issues, Kristensen is optimistic for the long run of the activity.
“Motorsport has generally brought a resource of enthusiasm, integrity, and interest, thanks to the mix of competitors, competitions, producers, and fans, all about the entire world covering so lots of gatherings,” he suggests. “The way to connect and to market our activity is also a essential point. That entire world is moving fast, the media entire world as very well. Appear at the massive influence of the Netflix “Drive to Survive” collection for F1. That is a excellent case in point, as was the achievements of the film, Le Mans 66 for 24 several hours of Le Mans. So motorsport is however quite bankable, and will be for a long time.”