The FIA schedule the virtual meeting for February 3, but the agenda does not cover F1 matters.
Thus, the previously announced timeline for investigating the events in Abu Dhabi and implementing any new actions that may result has not changed.
The WSMC normally meets four times a year, but the additional virtual event was added to the schedule as a direct result of changes following the election of new President Mohammed Ben Sulayem in December.
The FIA says the meeting will essentially consist of addressing “budget” issues, such as the appointment of Senate members following the transition from former President Jean Todt to the new government.
The key members of Sulayem’s team, such as his deputy and his vice-presidents for sport and mobility, were confirmed in another extraordinary meeting that followed the last WMSC General Assembly in December.
Earlier this month, the FIA announced a timeline for the Abu Dhabi investigation.
Potential changes to the regulations were discussed at a meeting of the teams’ sporting directors on January 19, but the full outcome is unlikely to be available before the next regular WMSC meeting on March 19.
Michael Masi, Race Director, FIA
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This timing has caused quite a stir as the meeting takes place on the weekend of the season opening race in Bahrain.
A question mark remains over the future of Lewis Hamilton, who has not spoken publicly since losing the 2021 World Championship on the final lap of the Abu Dhabi race and who is clearly anxious to hear what the inquiry reveals.
Discussions are also ongoing over how to fill the role of F1 race director in 2022, with Michael Masi’s position potentially at risk.
There have been discussions about splitting up Masi’s role or a system whereby a team of three race officials is rotated on different weekends, as is currently happening at Stewards, but the latter idea seems to have been dropped.
However, there are still plans to provide additional remote assistance to decision makers in race control, similar to how teams use strategy and engineering support from Mission Control facilities in their factories.