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

The Motorsports Board of Directors was officially associated with the PlayStation-exclusive game series, with the FIA-approved Gran Turismo World Series running from 2018 to 2021.

This included regular online competitions and a number of select esports events around the world that culminated in the World Championship Final.

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

The FIA ​​name has quietly disappeared from the current championship, and it is not part of the latest world championship to be held at Red Bull’s Hangar 7 in Austria next weekend.

Speculation that the FIA ​​has chosen to go a different route on the Games front has been fueled by its choice to use the Assetto Corsa Competizione platform for the Esport component of the upcoming Motorsport Games, which take place in and around the Paul Ricard track from October 26-30.

Speaking at the Motorsport Games launch event at the French Grand Prix on Saturday, the FIA ​​made it clear that the relationship with Gran Turismo was far from over.

Speaking exclusively to Motorsport.com, Frederic Bertrand, Director of Formula E and the FIA’s Innovative Sports Division, explained that the board had agreed with Gran Turismo President Kazunori Yamauchi to put things on hold until the GT7 platform was more stable.

The launch of the game was not without hassle, early on it was faced with a bunch of loopholes and problems with the online experience in the lobbies.

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

“For the Motorsport Games, the difficulty we had at that moment was that they weren’t necessarily ready to support the live event as we wanted, because of the GT7 and everything.

“So we agreed with them that we will work with Assetto Corsa for this. It is also easier for us, because it is more open to many countries.

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

“That’s what we agreed with Kazunori-san. It’s approved, and it was done in a wonderful, gentle 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)

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Bertrand said the FIA ​​plans to send representatives to judge GT7’s progress at next weekend’s Salzburg event with the goal of renewing the partnership in the early stage of 2023 if the game now looks in good enough shape.

“I will send my buddies and if we feel it is ready, we will move again,” he said, “and then we will 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 made entirely mutually, and Polyphony Studio respected by accepting that they needed to improve the product.

“Right now, it’s tough,” he said, “but they’ve been very honest with us, telling us they need to focus on this first.”

So we said, ‘Okay, let’s make it easy. “Anyway we need something for motorsports, so we said we have an alternative. We will continue with this. Then we will continue to move forward with development for 2023 with something at the level that we all expect.”

The FIA ​​looks to the world ranking system

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

“We have decided to go to a specific number of events where we will put the FIA ​​logo on, and if we can [have arrangements] As we did last year with the Virtual Olympics Series, we’ll see how to work with them further on this concept.

“But we are thinking more about creating a rating system. What we want is to have it [something like] ATP, translated to Esport motorsport.

“We would like to be the ones who make the world rankings. So that the drivers know what level they are at in the world and what level they are 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 bring something!

“For us, we feel we have more to win to get everyone under the FIA ​​roof with this classification system. So that is the goal now.”

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