New structure allows FIA President to step back from F1

FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has informed the Formula One teams he’s stepping away from the day-to-day running of Formula One affairs now that he has completed the restructuring of his office with the appointment of a new CEO for the FIA, but also promoting Nikolas Tombazis to the role of Singe Seater Director and hiring veteran Steve Nielsen to become the new Sporting Director. A spokesman for the FIA reminded that, “the president’s manifesto clearly set out this plan before he was elected. The Federation spokesman then added that, “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.”. While the FIA insists Ben Sulayem’s plan had been known since he got elected, some Formula One Team Principals are linking this announcement to the escalation of the confrontation between the Federation and the Commercial Rights Holder.

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