Dear reader, dear friend, We bring you this edition of AUTO magazine in the midst of one of the greatest challenges the world has faced in modern times

As we are living a very challenging moment that has brought grief and financial diffculty to many, and tremendous changes to our daily lives, I would like to express my solidarity to you. The COVID-19 pandemic has indeed reached into every sphere of activity, socially and economically, and the long-term repercussions will undoubtedly be serious.
However, we have seen some extraordinary responses, and in this issue we look at how the FIA, our Medical Commission chaired chaired by Professor Gérard Saillant, our member clubs, our sporting partners and stakeholders have met the crisis head-on. From the engineering feats of motor sport teams and suppliers in turning their expertise to the development of medical equipment, to the selfess actions taken by many of our 242 member organisations in assisting healthcare services on the ground, our community is fully committed, as you will read.
Within the FIA, we are doing our part to battle the pandemic –and, in these pages, you will hear from Deputy President for Sport Graham Stoker and Deputy President for Automobile Mobility and Tourism Thierry Willemarck about the support mechanisms we are putting in place to help our members. You will also read about the launch of our #RaceAgainstCovid initiative that, among other things, aims to provide help through the Federation’s network of medical specialists and with the provision of Personal Protective Equipment wherever possible. We are also reshaping our partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, in which our Clubs should play an important role. Furthermore, we examine the impact COVID-19 is having on our sporting calendars and how it is leading to a surge in demand for digital racing competition.
This crisis gives a unique light on the other topics covered in the magazine. We look at the outcomes of a very important event, the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference On Road Safety, the work of JCDECAUX in promoting safety around the world, especially in the current context, as well as MISSION H24’s bid to bring hydrogen power to Le Mans. Finally, we pay tribute to a legend of motor sport and an inspiring gentleman – Stirling Moss – who has left us after a long fight. I trust you will find this edition of AUTO informative, and I’ll be close by wishing you and your loved ones the very best during this di cult time. Together, we will tackle the disease and build a ‘New Deal’ for the future. Stay safe.

Jean Todt, FIA President