FIA president Ben Sulayem to step back from direct involvement with F1

The governing body’s relationship with F1’s owners Liberty Media has been increasingly fractious since Ben Sulayem took over as FIA president in December 2021 and a series of controversies have marked the opening year of his tenure. Ben Sulayem wrote to the 10 F1 teams on Monday stating he would be moving away from a role dealing with F1, with the single-seater director, Nikolas Tombazis, taking over the hands-on management of the FIA’s involvement as F1’s regulator. The Guardian understands there was no such bid but F1 were angry that the president was interfering in commercial issues over which the FIA has no remit. “The President’s manifesto clearly set out this plan before he was elected,” an FIA spokesperson said.

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