After Michael Massey was sacked as race director after the Abu Dhabi events at the end of last season, the FIA appointed two replacements for the Australian: Nils Wittich and Eduardo Freitas.
The first name was run during the first five major races of the season and it was agreed that the rotation would be run every two races between the two men. But the busy schedule of Eduardo Freitas, who has been appointed as race director for the WEC, made planning impossible.
The Portuguese, who has been race director at Endurance since 2002, will officially take over at the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona according to information from Autosport. He wasn’t in Miami last weekend since he was chairing the 6 Hours of Spa at the same time.
Eduardo Freitas will continue to lead the Monaco Grand Prix the following week, before relinquishing his place to Wittich at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Veritas will already be held by 24 Hours of Le Mans during the same week. In Barcelona, Nils Wittich will take on the role of Freitas’ assistant, while it was Colin Haywood, former right-hand man of Michael Massey, who took the role when the Portuguese was absent from the Formula 1 circuit.