Rewarding motorsport's unsung heroes

Rewarding motorsport's unsung heroes

While commending the FIA for introducing an 'outstanding official of the year' award at its annual end-of-season gala, Dieter Rencken says even more can be done to reward the thousands of volunteer officials who help race weekends operate

Following the FIA's World Motor Sport Council summit in Singapore during the build-up to Formula 1's night race, a seven-page media release was distributed – by far the most voluminous such document for many years, although, admittedly, a vast portion of its bulk was made up of regional rally calendars for 2012, the FIA Truck Racing Championship, and such like.

In fact, the F1 portion extended to just a paragraph, which spoke glowingly of the progress made by the Indian Grand Prix's promoters, and - rather strangely - not a mention was made of the visor strip first discussed here, which was due to be made compulsory from this weekend's Japanese GP. As no word on its use was handed down by the WMSC, sources in the loop advise that the device cannot be made mandatory – with no official reason being given for the delay in introducing what seems a perfectly sensible device.

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