Former F1 driver Philippe Massa hopes to participate in the 2024 Olympic Games by playing the role of chairman of the FIA Karting Committee.
Massa served as the president of CIK-FIA after retiring from F1 last year.
He has outlined his views on a key grassroots motor sport in the future and plans to conduct a demonstration of electric karts at this year’s Buenos Aires Youth Olympics. Massa now revealed that his ultimate goal is to use this new technology to make karting part of the Olympics.
“There is a good idea in the future,” Massa told the Brazilian television show Conversa com Bial.
“Argentina will host an Olympic Games at the end of the year.
“Our idea is to bring electric karts to the 2024 Olympics in Paris.”
Motor racing has never been part of the Olympics, but the world’s governing body, the FIA, is a member of the International Olympic Committee recognized by the International Olympic Committee. In recent years, the rise of electric racing cars has developed rapidly, and the electric single-seat series Formula E has become the predecessor of the main station wagon and rally events.
Since then, several electric kart plans have been launched, and Massa believes it can quickly develop into a serious discipline. “The electric kart was correct at first,” he said. “In order to reduce the weight of the battery, there are many things to develop because the battery is heavy.
“When it comes to children, if you collapse, if you roll, the weight of the go-kart will vary. But it takes a short time because it is growing very fast.”
Massa, who has 11 Grand Prix and runner-up in the 2008 World Championships, said he is fascinated by his new role.
“The achievements I have made in my career have gone far beyond my imagination and far exceeded my dreams,” he said. “I think it’s worth giving back and feeding back to the kids in the school (motor sports).”
Bruno Ferreira added a report