Relations between the FIA and Formula 1 seem to be deteriorating. British newspaper Guardian It was reported today, a day after the Monaco GP, that the most important category of motorsport is not happy with the way the FIA is proceeding in 2022. According to sources, Liberty Media fears that the decisions taken by the regulatory body will harm the game.
problem in monaco
There have already been several incidents this season and one more incident in Monaco. First, Sunday afternoon’s race started with a delay of about an hour and then instead of stopping, a running resume followed a red flag. The FIA claimed this was due to a faulty start system and lack of power, but right or wrong: the criticism was enormous. For example, Lewis Hamilton said it was a “shame” for F1 drivers that the start was delayed due to rain.
The popularity of Formula 1 has skyrocketed in recent years, but these events do not do the sport any good. It is the fifteenth event this season and Formula 1 and the FIA, and in particular its new president Mohamed Ben Sulayem, seem to be increasingly at odds. The fact that Ben Sulayem had replaced Jean Todt was not the best choice according to F1.
F1 and FIA in exact opposite direction
Formula 1 and the FIA have clashed on several occasions this year. Here is a list of events according to Guardian,
– The FIA’s report on the controversy over the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP has been viewed as very unsatisfactory by many fans, teams and even drivers.
– The FIA was embarrassed when national racing bodies such as Britain’s Motorsport UK banned Russian teams, participants or officials from participating in events in the UK. Formula 1 immediately proposed canceling the Russian GP, but the FIA was slow to act.
The ban on jewelry did not go well. The measure is considered useless intervention. Ben Sulayem is believed to have insisted on his application aiming to retaliate against Lewis Hamilton for the seven-time champion’s objection to F1 racing in Saudi Arabia.
– Ben Sulayem personally opposed increasing the number of short races to six next year by unanimous consensus among F1 (Liberty) and all teams. The teams won’t be too happy about it, to say the least. The FIA wants to see the financial compensation approved.
— In Miami, Esteban Ocon and Carlos Sainz repeatedly talked about replacing a 14-year-old concrete wall with one made from TechPro materials. The FIA refused.
Senior officials within Formula 1 would like to see the role of the FIA reduced to a minimum. Bad publicity is something you want to avoid at all times. So far, however, they have not been successful, but the movement is growing, including within teams.