French Grand Prix – The FIA’s media delegate Matteo Bonciani has stepped down from his role after eight years.
Bonciani is a familiar face for long-time Formula 1 fans, as the man who met the drivers in parc ferme after qualifying and each race in order to bring them to fulfill their media duties. He would also have been the person responsible for addressing the media for official statements on behalf of the FIA.
Working from the FIA’s headquarters in Paris, Bonciani spent the last eight years in the role of Head of F1 Communications and attended more than 150 consecutive Grands Prix. During this time, his duties included liaising with media as well as managing all the journalists and media throughout an F1 weekend.
He was been a conspicuous absence from Formula 1 events this year and, on Monday, the FIA announced that he has chosen to step back from his position on order to take over a new role as a consultant within the organisation.
Olivier Fisch, overall Director of Communications for the FIA and Tom Wood, formerly Formula E’s media delegate, have been working the events in his stead.
Acknowledging his desire to step back, particularly with a young family, Bonciani said: “After nearly a decade with the FIA and eight years living on the road with Formula One, the time has come for me to slow down and seek a new challenge. It has been a real privilege to work with some of the world’s great minds across sport, engineering, technology, and the media. My F1 colleagues have become a second family; I will miss every member”.
FIA President Jean Todt said: “I would like to thank Matteo for his commitment over the past number of year in promoting the role of the FIA and in accompanying journalists in their media coverage of the FIA most prestigious championship, which is the pinnacle of motor sport”.
FormulaSpy would like to thank Matteo Bonciani for all his help, advice and guidance over our years covering Formula 1. Without him, we simply wouldn’t be here.