defends president Mohammed Ben Sulayem amid sexism storm after controversial comment on his own website resurfaces

THE FIA, Formula One’s governing body, have leapt to the defence of president Mohammed Ben Sulayem after sexist comments on his own website resurfaced. Ben Sulayem was quoted as saying “women who think they are smarter than men, for they are not in truth” in a post on a personal website which appeared to have been published in 2001. But an FIA spokesman has still been forced to come out and say: “The remarks in this archived website from 2001 do not reflect the president’s beliefs. The BBC have claimed Ben Sulayem’s old website and the content on it had been discussed by F1 chiefs following his election win in 2021. The row comes just days after F1 chiefs slammed Ben Sulayem for speaking out about the sale of the sport. Ben Sulayem has also been criticised for revealing plans to expand the number of teams on the grid to more than 10.

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