Monchaux will report directly to the FIA’s long-serving single-seater director Nikolas Tombazis, who has been with the organisation since 2018.
He will be tasked with similar responsibilities to Goss and will play a key role in the formulation of the new 2026 F1 rules that will be pulled into shape over the course of this year.
Monchaux has a long career in F1, having originally started in 2002 with Toyota, where he served as aerodynamics leader until the Japanese manufacturer left F1 at the end of 2009.
He switched to the Ferrari team, also working in its aerodynamics department, for the following season and remained there until the end of 2012.
After a period away from F1, where he worked at Audi from 2013, he returned to grand prix racing in 2018, joining Sauber as its new head of aerodynamics.
He was then promoted to become Sauber technical director in 2019 following the departure of Simone Resta, but left the squad last year following the signing of James Key.
Jan Monchaux, Technical Director, Alfa Romeo, in the team principals’ Press Conference
Photo by: FIA Pool
“I am very happy to be joining the FIA as technical director and look forward to the fresh challenges this role entails,” said Monchaux.
“I have worked on the Competitors’ side for many years, but now the opportunity to help shape the future of the Sport with the governing body is a prospect I relish.”
Nikolas Tombazis, the FIA’s Single-Seater Director, added: “I am excited to welcome Jan to the FIA to fulfil an important role in the technical department, and in framing the future regulations of the sport. Jan’s arrival will strengthen our extensive technical expertise.”
Monchaux’s appointment comes against the backdrop of the FIA having lost several senior figures over the winter, including Goss and its sporting director Steve Nielsen.
Earlier this year, the FIA announced that Nielsen would be replaced by Tim Malyon, who previously served as safety director.
The FIA says that Malyon “will oversee all sporting matters, including race direction and the Remote Operations Centre in Geneva,” with Niels Wittich remaining in his role as race director.
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