Fédération Internationale du Sport Automobile

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Fédération Internationale du Sport Automobile (FISA) was the international sport governing body for motorsport, responsible for regulating the disciplines of Formula One, rallying and sportscar racing amongst other forms of automobile sport. The organisation's origins dated from 1922, when the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) – founded in 1904 to address numerous issues in the early days of the automobile, including racing – delegated the organisation of automobile racing to the Commission Sportive Internationale (CSI),[1] which lasted until 1978 when Jean-Marie Balestre took over and it was renamed FISA. A restructuring of the FIA in 1993 led to the disappearance of the FISA, putting motor racing back under the direct management of the FIA.[2]


President Years as President Nationality
Commission Sportive Internationale
Rene de Knyff 1922–1946  France
Augustin Perouse 1946–1961  France
Maurice Baumgartner 1961–1970   Switzerland
Paul Alfons von Metternich-Winneburg 1970–1976  Germany
Pierre Ugeux 1976–1978  Belgium
Fédération Internationale du Sport Automobile
Jean-Marie Balestre 1978–1991  France
Max Mosley 1991–1993  United Kingdom

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  1. ^ "Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA)". Motorsport Magazine. April 1976.
  2. ^ "Why has FISA been abolished?". grandprix.com. 1 September 1993. Archived from the original on 28 January 2018. Retrieved 28 December 2017.