Italian Fabrizio Bocca and Saudi Arabia's Laith Pharaon have been elected to represent drivers on the UIM Formula 1 Powerboat Safety Working Group

Italian Fabrizio Bocca and Saudi Arabia’s Laith Pharaon have been elected to represent drivers on the UIM Formula 1 Powerboat Safety Working Group for 2003 following the retirement of American Scott Gillman.

Bocca, 45, number one driver with Team Corona Extra, was the World Formula 1 Champion in 1992 while 35-year-old Pharaon finished second in the series in 2002.

Nicolo di San Germano, Promoter of the UIM F1 Powerboat World Championship said: “A key priority of these appointments is to enhance safety standards. I am extremely happy Formula I drivers feel so strongly about these areas of our sport. ” Bocca, with almost three decades of experience behind him said:

“I decided to run for election because we must make powerboating safer. It’s a top priority and the unanimous vote gives me the authority I need to get things done. I also feel it important for all drivers to offer input not only at meetings of the Safety Working Group but also to participate in the homologation of new race circuits in 2003.”

Former UIM 1997 World Class 1 offshore World Champion Pharaon commented: “I have been chosen by my fellow drivers to represent them on the F1 UIM Powerboat Safety Working Group. DAC, the Italian race boat constructor responsible for an important part of the 2003 Formula 1 fleet has carried out extensive research and development of their outfits over the winter months. It has therefore got to be a joint effort between designers, builders, myself and safety Working Group members to ensure safety remains a top priority in the UIM World Formula 1 Series. I am very honored to play a part in the programme.

With new races on the 2003 calendar and a higher level of technology, the role of the Safety Working Group will be especially important.”