The FIA has appointed Rebecca Lee to take over as Formula 1’s official race starter from this weekend, RaceFans has learned.
Lee is the first woman to have held the post of permanent F1 race starter. She has been the starter for Formula 2 and Formula 3 races this year and assisted Bryll in observing the starts of grands prix. The F3 season concluded at Monza two weeks ago and there is only a single F2 round remaining, in Abu Dhabi at the end of November.
As the permanent starter, her job will involve monitoring the field as the drivers line up on the grid and pressing the ‘start’ button to extinguish the five red lights and signal the start of the race.
Bryll was previously the FIA’s F1 event logistics manager. Among the notable moments from his career as F1’s race starter was the bizarre restart at the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix where only a single car, belonging to Lewis Hamilton, lined up on the grid, as the rest pitted to change tyres.
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