Amongst the pledges made by Mohammed Ben Sulayem in his election campaign for the FIA Presidency was a promise to balance the books. It has been said by some that if the spending and income had remained as it was, the FIA would have run out of money in just three years. While that may be an exaggeration, the electorate certainly saw that things would have to be rationalised within the organisation. This has brought scrutiny to every department and Championship and a concerted effort to reduce costs and increase income. Naturally this has included the Historic Department. With the staff numbers virtually coming down to one person, Louis Quiniou has decided to leave after eight years at the heart of the Historic Department and has handed in his resignation, effective from the end of the year. Louis’ official role was as head of Historic Technical Passport Administration, but he could be seen fulfilling other roles as staff numbers were cut. We wish him well in his next endeavour. The FIA is currently looking for a new candidate for the Historic Department, based in Geneva.
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