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Mohammed bin Sulayem, President, FIA, Stefano Domenicali, CEO, Formula 1, on the grid
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Why a 2001 decision is at the root of current FIA v FOM tensions

OPINION: For the past two years the FIA and Formula 1’s management company have been at loggerheads, which came to a head when the governing body backed down from an investigation into a conflict of interest between Toto and Susie Wolff. But this remains the tip of a very big iceberg, one that started from a deal done between the two organisations 22 years ago

It does not take a rocket scientist to work out that relations between the FIA and Formula 1’s commercial rights holder are not great at the moment.

The style of leadership that we have seen from FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem has helped put the governing body on a collision course several times with FOM since he took over at the end of 2021. There was the Abu Dhabi 2021 fallout, controversy over his remarks about a potential Saudi Arabian takeover of F1, angst over his plans to expand the F1 grid with Andretti, and questions asked about many aspects of the way grand prix racing has been run (think track limits, jewellery ban, driver code of conduct and behaviour).

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