Tuesday saw FIA President Jean Todt visit the Williams Technology Centre in Qatar (WTCQ) to see first-hand how Williams is adapting its Formula One based technology for non-motorsport purposes with a clear societal benefit.
Jean was welcomed to The WTCQ at Qatar’s Science and Technology Park by Williams Founder and Team Principal Sir Frank Williams. As the man responsible for the FIA’s Action for Road Safety campaign, Todt was particularly keen to learn about the road safety simulators being developed at WTCQ and tried his hand at driving around a virtual recreation of Doha. Todt was also given a demonstration of the motorsport simulator that is helping to foster a motorsport culture in Qatar by training local racing drivers, thereby removing speeding from the streets and bringing it to the race track under controlled conditions.
Jean Todt also spoke to Williams personnel about the FIA’s 10 golden rules for road safety – the 10 key pledges that will help to reduce the number of accidents on the world’s roads. FIA Action for Road Safety is a global campaign, focusing the federation’s resources on helping it’s member organisations around the globe to educate and advocate for safer roads, vehicles and behaviours.
Sir Frank and Jean spoke together earlier in the day at the inaugural Doha GOALS Forum, addressing an audience of students, journalists, policy makers and sports business professionals about the importance of road safety and the ways in which motorsport can help address the issue via its technology and brand appeal.