FIA, Formula 1, in sprint race fight over money

Unity between F1’s authorities – Liberty Media and the FIA – is under threat over a financial dispute about sprint qualifying. The decision-making Formula 1 Commission met in London this week, chaired by new FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem. In a statement issued after Tuesday’s meeting, the FIA admitted not only that the format last year had been “popular with fans and stakeholders”, but that “Formula 1 and the teams” are “supportive of an extension to six” sprints for 2023. The Dutch newspaper De Limburger agrees, concluding that the FIA and Formula 1 are “diametrically opposed” on the funding issue about more sprints. Mohammed Ben Sulayem would like money from Formula 1 to be able to organise the six sprints,” the report said.

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