EXCLUSIVE: FIA chief Mohammed ben Sulayem RELINQUISHES hands-on control of Formula One with the president facing a fight to stay in office amid tensions with officials over ‘grandstanding’ and controversial comments

FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem has taken the extraordinary step of relinquishing hands-on control of Formula One, Sportsmail can reveal. The FIA countered that the comments did not reflect Ben Sulayem’s considered views. Undeniably, Ben Sulayem has earned a reputation as a loose cannon since taking over the presidency. ‘The FIA president has a wide remit that covers the breadth of global motor sport and mobility, and now that the structural reorganisation in Formula One is complete this is a natural next step.’. The man now in charge of Formula One matters is Cambridge-educated Tombazis, a 54-year-old Greek engineer, who previously worked for Benetton, McLaren and Ferrari.

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