The FIA ​​​​clarifies the relationship and the future of Gran Turismo

The FIA ​​​​clarifies the relationship and the future of Gran Turismo

The governing body of motorsport was previously officially tied to the exclusive PlayStation gaming series, from 2018 to 2021 there is an FIA-certified Gran Turismo World Series.

This included regular online competitions and a series of select esports events around the world, culminating in a World Series Finals.

However, things have changed since the latest Gran Turismo 7 game launched earlier this year.

The FIA ​​​​name quietly disappeared from the current championship and is not part of the latest World Series event, which takes place next weekend at Red Bull’s Hangar 7 in Austria.

Speculation that the FIA ​​had decided to take a different route on the gaming front was further fueled when they decided to use the Assetto Corsa Competizione platform for their esports element of the upcoming motorsport games being staged in and around the Paul Ricard circuit will take place 26.-30. October.

However, at a motorsport games launch event at the French Grand Prix on Saturday, the FIA ​​made it clear that the relationship with Gran Turismo is far from over.

Speaking exclusively to Motorsport.com, FIA Director of Formula E and Innovative Sports Activities Frederic Bertrand explained that the governing body has agreed with Gran Turismo boss Kazunori Yamauchi to put things on hold until the GT7 platform is more stable.

The launch of the game was far from smooth, as it was plagued early on by a variety of glitches and problems with the online experience in lobbies.

“It’s not over yet,” said Bertrand when asked about the status of the FIA’s partnership with Gran Turismo.

“For Motorsport Games, the difficulty we faced at that moment was that with GT7 and all, they weren’t exactly ready to support the live event in the way we wanted.

“That’s why we agreed with them that we will work with Assetto Corsa for this project. It’s also easier for us because it’s more open to many countries.

“But we are still working with Gran Turismo on many other projects. So no, it’s not an end. It’s just an acceptance of the non-exclusive approach, and we feel that esports needs to be more open.

“We arranged that with Kazunori-san. It is agreed and it will be done in a perfect Japanese way!”

Lewis Hamilton and Kazunori Yamauchi pose for a photo with competitors before the Pro-Am race on November 22, 2019 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.  (Photo by Jack Thomas - Gran Turismo/Gran Turismo via Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton and Kazunori Yamauchi pose for a photo with competitors before the Pro-Am race on November 22, 2019 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Jack Thomas – Gran Turismo/Gran Turismo via Getty Images)

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Bertrand said the FIA ​​plans to send representatives to assess GT7’s progress at next weekend’s Salzburg event, with a view to renewing the partnership early in 2023 when the game looks as if it were in good enough condition now.

“I’ll send my people and when we feel like it’s ready we’ll go back on,” he said. “And then we’ll probably have another project early in the first quarter of next year with Gran Turismo.”

Bertrand said the decision to pause things with Gran Turismo was entirely by mutual consent, and he respected that Polyphony Studio accepted it was necessary to improve the product.

“It’s difficult right now, but they’ve been very honest with us and told us they have to focus on that first,” he said.

“So we said, ‘Okay, let’s take it easy.’ We need something for motorsport games anyway, so we said we have an alternative option. We’ll go on this one. And then we continue development for 2023 with something that is at the level we all expect.”

FIA observes worldwide ranking system

Bertrand also revealed that the FIA’s long-term goal for their esports involvement was to create a global ranking system covering all major sim racing games.

“We have decided to attend a select number of events where we will place the FIA ​​logo and when we can [have arrangements] As we did with the Olympic Virtual Series last year, we will see how we can continue to work with them on this concept.

“But we are thinking more about creating a ranking system. What we want is to have [something like] the ATP of tennis translated to Esport Motorsport.

“We want to be the one who creates the global ranking. So that drivers know what level they are at globally and what level in their region and in their country.

“It’s a long discussion. You can imagine how many people we have to convince that we can make a difference!

“We believe we can gain more by putting everyone under the FIA ​​umbrella with this classification system. So that is the goal now.”

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