The relationship between the FIA and Formula 1 appears to be getting worse. british newspaper Watchman Today, the day after the Monaco GP, it was reported that the most important class in motorsport is not satisfied with the way the FIA is going in 2022. According to sources, Liberty Media fears that decisions made by the regulator will harm the sport.
Problems in Monaco too
There have already been a number of events this season and there was another one in Monaco. First, the start of a race on Sunday afternoon was delayed by about an hour and then there was a moving resume after the red flag, rather than a halt. The FIA claimed it was due to faulty starting systems and also a lack of power, but true or false: the criticism was enormous. Lewis Hamilton, for example, said it was a “disgrace” to Formula One drivers that the start was delayed due to rain.
Formula 1’s popularity has skyrocketed in recent years, but these accidents don’t do the sport well. It’s the myriad incident this season, and Formula 1 and the FIA, and in particular its new boss, Mohammed bin Sulayem, seem increasingly at odds. Bin Sulayem’s choice of place for Jean Todt was not the best choice, according to F1.
F1 and the FIA are at odds
They have faced Formula 1 and the FIA on several occasions this year. Below is a list of events according to Watchman:
Many fans, teams and even drivers considered the FIA’s report on the controversy surrounding the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021 to be extremely unsatisfactory.
// Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung // The FIA was exposed to disgrace when national racing authorities such as Motorsport UK UK banned Russian teams, participants or officials from participating in UK events. Formula 1 immediately suggested canceling the Russian Grand Prix, but the FIA was slow to act.
The jewelry ban didn’t go well. The measure is considered a useless intervention. Bin Sulayem is believed to have insisted on his request aimed at revenge against Lewis Hamilton for the seven-time champion’s objection to Formula 1 racing in Saudi Arabia.
– Bin Sulayem personally opposed the unanimous agreement between Formula 1 (Liberty) and all the teams to increase the number of short races to six next year. The teams wouldn’t be too happy about this, to say the least. The FIA wants to agree to the financial compensation.
In Miami, Esteban Ocon and Carlos Sainz repeatedly talked about replacing the concrete wall at Turn 14 with one made of Tecpro. The FIA refused.
Within Formula 1, senior officials would like to see the role of the FIA severely reduced. Bad publicity is something you want to avoid at all times. However, they have not yet succeeded, but the movement is growing, including within teams.
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