Following agreement with the FIA, the safety research work of the Global Institute for Motor Sport Safety SA will be fully integrated into world motor sport’s governing body by the end of 2018.

This development will build on the FIA’s significant achievements in motor sport safety over the past 15 years, initially through the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety and more recently the Global Institute.

Since 2015, the Global Institute has undertaken a significant number of safety research projects that are now a feature in championships worldwide, including the Halo frontal protection device in Formula One and an advanced safety package in the World Rally Championship.

As of 31 December 2018, all such research activities shall be moved in-house and be directly integrated into the FIA Safety Department.

Luc Argand, Global Institute Chairman, said: “This fully integrated research function within the FIA will help optimise organisational synergies, and ensure the valuable work undertaken by the Global Institute acts as the foundation for further achievements in this field.”